Our glorious joyride could not go one forever so we knew today was the final leg to Natural Bridges to live for the next few months. Though our plan was to head directly there just a couple of miles down the road we were taken aback by the immense beauty of Capitol Reef National Park.
Soon we were slowing down, getting out of the car, taking pictures and heading to the visitor center. We were going on dirt by ways to witness the massive boulders and strange rock formations that populate this magnificent tract of land. It was stunning.
The park is filled with brilliantly colored sandstone cliffs, gleaming white domes, and contrasting layers of stone and earth. From the paved scenic drive, a twisting dirt spur road took us into Grand Wash. Along the trail we saw Cassidy Arch named for infamous outlaw Butch Cassidy who allegely hid out in Grand Wash on more than one occasion.
The end of the paved road marks the end of the Scenic Drive, but an unpaved spur continues for a few miles and provides access into Capitol Gorge. By hiking a short distance into Capitol Gorge, you can see a panel of petroglyph rock art created by ancient Fremont people.
On the way back we stopped at the historic fruit orchards that were first cultivated by pioneers in the late 1800s. The Historic Gifford Homestead, located along the Scenic Drive, is a typical rural Utah farm-houses of the early 1900s and is open during the summer season.
We were sad we had to move on but content that there would be more beautiful sites along the way. Please leave your comments below.
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