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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

A Walk Through Wall Street

Bryce Canyon National Park Wall Street

 

A photographer walks through the towering columns in the “Wall Street” section of Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.

Mormon Row, Grand Teton NP

Grand Teton National Park John Moulton Barn Mormon Row

John Moulton Barn, “Mormon Row” Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Around the turn of the 20th century Mormon settlers established 27 homesteads in the shadow of the Teton Mountain Range in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Today, six building clusters remain and are preserved as part of Grand Teton National Park’s “Mormon Row.”

Grand Teton National Park Mormon Row

The Many Moods of Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming Landscape

We were treated to an atmospheric extravaganza at Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park. All of these photos were taken within a few short hours, over which time the weather alternated between brooding and blazing sun, popping off lightning and rainbows with equal frequency.

The Teton Range is stunning all on its own. But for our arrival she dressed up in Mother Nature’s finest. We couldn’t feel more grateful.

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Mesa Verde an Ancient Metropolis

Tower House Mesa Verde National Park

Tower House Mesa Verde National Park

Some things never get old. Like the ancient cliff dwellings scattered throughout the American Southwest. We find them endlessly fascinating.

In previous posts we’ve likened the structures at Bandelier National Monument to ancient condos and those at Gila to primordial McMansions. Compared to those parks, Mesa Verde is an Ancestral Puebloan metropolis. The park’s 52,000 acres contain nearly 5,000 known archaeological sites, including a whopping 600 cliff dwellings.

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