So far, the summer of 2018 has been too full of work and way too lean on adventures. As a result, I haven’t been doing well on keeping up my posts as I had been trying to post about two times per month earlier in the year. Anyway, as work life has been fairly challenging this summer I decided to share one of my favorite places with you.
Living in Utah, United States, has many definite advantages and disadvantages. But one of the best things about Utah is our abundance of outdoor beauty and national treasures. One place that I discovered a few years back, and that has become a favorite, is Capitol Reef National Park. The Park is about 170 miles south of Salt Lake City in central Utah. There are no interstate highways that go through or near the park, nor are there any major US highways. In fact, one of the charms about Capitol Reef is that the Park is pretty much off the beaten path unless that’s where you’re heading. It is located a few miles east of a very small town called Torrey, and so other than in peak tourist season, the park is really not very crowded. I thought I would share a few scenes from this beautiful part of Utah, and maybe it will inspire me to go have some adventures before the year is over.
One of the things that I really love about the park is that everywhere you go the scenery is completely different. There are beautiful things that you can see from the main road through the park, and then you can get lost in desert wilderness and have scenic beauty there is well. Inside the park is a tiny town called Fruita which was originally founded by some Mormon pioneers in the 1800s. They planted a large orchard here, and many of these trees are still intact. This makes for some very interesting contrasts to the otherwise desert landscape.
Capitol Reef is part of what is known as the Waterpocket Fold which is an interesting geologic formation running for well over 100 miles north and south through central and southern Utah. This geologic formation was caused by the plate tectonics as part of the North American plate has been pushed together by the spreading of the Pacific plate.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy this little photo tour of the Park.