Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
To give you some sort of scale of reference, some of those pines in the image above are sixty or seventy feet tall. The rock colors here at Capitol Reef National Park make this place a photographer’s, and an artist’s, dream. And those rock colors change with the sun’s position above and may well appear completely different in the afternoon than they did in the morning.
Since the park’s campground was full, and quite honestly, not a place I would want to stay in anyhow, I drove about eight miles south of the Visitor’s Center and headed just a little way up Notom Road to this wonderful boondocking campsite, one of the nicest I have ever found. Only negative was that there was no Verizon signal out here, not really any great surprise to me. Directly in front of the motorhome and also to it’s left, there is a steep drop of about a hundred feet of more …
… and imagine waking up each morning to this 360 degree view! Not to mention, the night time sky. This is one of the best spots in the USA to star gaze.
This was my first extended stay at Capitol Reef and when the weather was good, I really enjoyed exploring the park’s limited road system.
The main road through the park is a two lane paved road about eight or nine miles long, with many turnouts along the way to take in the scenery.
The colors are astounding at times and the rock formations quite spectacular.
Then there are three gravel side roads that take you deeper into the canyons, and these give you a dramatic closeup view of the sheer rock walls.
They also give you some great opportunities to get up real close and personal with the ofttimes unbelievable colors and textures of the canyon walls.
It looks as if the the rock has melted and run down the canyon wall.
These dirt roads are passable for any small regular passenger car, though there are restrictions for larger vehicles. They are a bit rough in places and can get pretty dusty, and since they pass through several dry washes, they can become impassable, and thus get closed, when it rains. And unfortunately, that is exactly what happened to me while I was there … it rained, and hard at times so these side roads into the canyons were closed, persuading me to move on to Bryce Canyon National Park. But this is one National Park I will want to revisit in the future, if for nothing else than for that great boondocking spot.
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