A Drive Through Capitol Reef

Capitol Reef National Park, Landscape

From Cedar City we made our way to Capitol Reef National Park in south-central Utah. The park includes an eight-mile paved scenic drive that passes amazing formations, like “The Castle”:

Capitol Reef National Park Castle, Landscape

But to really experience Capitol Reef’s awesomeness, you need to leave the asphalt and explore its hundreds of miles of lesser-developed roads.

Capitol Reef National Park Canyon Roads

Capitol Reef National Park Roads

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23 Comments on “A Drive Through Capitol Reef”

  1. siskinbob November 30, 2012 at 7:32 am #



  2. inukshuk November 30, 2012 at 8:10 am #

    Did you stop for a taste of the home-made fruit pies ? They bake them from the orchards left over from when the Mormons occupied the area – and they are delicious !


    • Brian December 3, 2012 at 10:45 am #

      We saw the orchards and signs for pie, but we resisted.


  3. heavenhappens November 30, 2012 at 8:37 am #

    Fabulous world we live in x as I am never likely to see these wonderful places i am so glad to be able to enjoy them through your fabulous photos x keep travelling!


    • Brian December 3, 2012 at 10:45 am #

      Glad to do it. Thanks for following along.


  4. John November 30, 2012 at 8:40 am #

    Beautiful area, hard to believe it was once the edge of a shallow sea.


  5. htheblog November 30, 2012 at 10:29 am #

    Stunning scenery.


  6. Pat Bean November 30, 2012 at 10:55 am #

    You kow you’re in a part of the country that was almost like my backyard for many years. So of course I’m really enjoying your photos. I’ve walked Wall Street and Gypsy Lee made it to the bottom of the gorge in Capitol Reef. Have you been to Natural Bridges, Zion or Canyonlands yet?


    • Brian December 3, 2012 at 10:48 am #

      Hi Pat,
      We’ve been to Canyonlands, we’ll be talking about Zion soon, but skipped Natural Bridges.


      • Pat Bean December 3, 2012 at 9:31 pm #

        I will be eager to hear about your climb to the top of Angel’s Landing. I’ve been up there over 25 times, but couldn’t make it this year. My age finally caught up with me.


  7. Karen Purcell November 30, 2012 at 11:26 am #

    Wow, wow, wow and wow! Sorry I’m sounding like a dog 🙂


  8. Mercy November 30, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

    Thank you for liking my post, thus enabling me to discover your blog! Your photographs are simply stunning. Can’t wait to read more about your travels!


  9. jennymilch November 30, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

    Truly amazing. We saw Red Rocks, but didn’t go off road like that. What an adventure.


  10. anewdayrising December 2, 2012 at 1:00 am #

    I gotta move to Utah… great pictures!


  11. Arizona girl December 4, 2012 at 4:18 am #

    Capitol Reef is fabulous! I love the campground with the big trees and the little creek, and there are soooo many lovely, long trails you can take out into the middle of nowhere to just soak in the beauty.


  12. Rachael December 4, 2012 at 5:17 am #

    You are in one of my very favourite places! Super pictures.


  13. Bron December 4, 2012 at 11:47 am #

    Spectacular! This might be a silly question, but why is it called a reef? Is it a reference to an ancient past when it was undersea, or is the label not actually restricted to the underwater kind? Maybe I’m just thinking of coral reefs…


    • innovatedmeadows December 4, 2012 at 11:50 pm #

      They are coral reefs. It’s not as extravagant like the Grand Canyon but the same thing is there. Everything is limestone and eroded away by the wind including the arches there. It’s a great place to visit. They cater to tourists there so go when the season is in. They close a lot of things in the winter, except for the restaurants and the people that live there


      • Bron December 5, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

        Sounds amazing. Another one to add to The List. 🙂


  14. innovatedmeadows December 4, 2012 at 11:52 pm #

    I used to live there. It is pretty. I would go down to visit again for sure. It’s just too bad the falls is closed for swimming now that another person died. It was the county’s favorite hotspot for the teens and families


  15. Teju December 7, 2012 at 11:04 am #

    WOW, absolutely stunning & surreal! 🙂 amazing captures!


  16. alligatortoe December 7, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

    Gorgeous as usual! I am so inspired by your travels, I have given up keeping a bookmark on each one of the many wonderful places you’ve visited and simply vow to pick as many as I can to visit!

    I’ve nominated you for the Reader Appreciation Award – I love following your blog for the stunning photos, travel inspiration and often insightful posts you share. Thank you for sharing 🙂



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