Capitol Reef

Capitol Reef AU11-15

Finished shooting at Capitol Reef National Park this morning and have begun the long trip back home.

Capitol Reef may be the least known and least visited of Utah’s five national parks, but in terms of outstanding scenery, it can easily hold its own against such parks as Zion, Bryce, or Arches. It features a series of high, reddish orange and pinkish or orangish white cliffs sculpted into fantastic shapes by wind and water. The highlight of the park is the scenic drive, which runs along the west side of the so-called “Waterpocket Fold,” a 100-mile long wrinkle in the earth's crust known as a monocline. It looks like this:

And this:

and this:

Another scenic area of the Capitol Reef is the Fruita area, through which the Fremont River runs beneath towering cliffs:

What is distinctive about Capitol Reef is the rich, variegated color one finds there, with all the green, red, oranges, etc. one can find there, under deep blue skies.