04/16 Capitol Reef Day 1 Getting there and getting acquainted

April 16, 2018  •  7 Comments

Was only about a 100 mile drive from Bryce Canyon NP to Capitol Reef NP so I left late in order to get into Torrey, UT in time to check in.  Turns out I did not need to do that because apparently it was built into my GPS to delay me.  I ended up in the park and the GPS said "You are here."  Had to use Google Maps to get here.  Anyway, it was a windy uphill drive here and did I mention beautiful.  I stopped several times along the way to take in the views.  Here is some of what I saw.

Here is a full panorama of the overlook which the photo above is part of.

  Once I got to the campground and set up I headed into the park.  Did a couple small hikes and stopped a couple of places along the way.  The wind has been howling here all day since I arrived.  Gonna be fun sleeping tonite!  Here are a few images I took on my getting acquainted tour of the park.  Tomorrow I start early and really do some exploring.


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Dave Randolph Photography
Rick, nothing would please me more than doing a photo outing with you sometime. Now the point of standing each other for an extended time is one to note. Maybe we start with a day outing and see how it goes? LOL

Hope you and Bullet are settling in together well. Will call soon to chat my friend.
Dave Randolph Photography
Jim, this is not one of the most popular of NP's but still gets its share of visitors. The traffic ebbs and flows. I was pleasantly surprised when I went on a short jaunt down to the river to see the old farm equipment sitting around. Makes a great foreground for one's photo I think. The Freemont River valley known as Fruita area was settled by Mormons sometime in the mid 19th century. An interesting point I read yesterday is the nearby canyon named Cohab was named after the Mormons that hid in the canyon when they were being hunted down for practicing polygamy. Guess the slang term for Mormons back then was cohabs.
Dave Randolph Photography
Valerie, here is what Google says:
Capitol Reef National Park. ... The park was named for a line of cliffs of white Navajo Sandstone with dome formations—similar to the white domes often placed on capitol buildings—that run from the Fremont River to Pleasant Creek on the Waterpocket Fold.

I have photographed plenty of this so you can see for yourself! More to come...
valerie(non-registered)
Why is it called Capitol Reef? is it reef as in ancient ocean reef? You are capturing amazing textures in the terrain.
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