04/19 Capitol Reef NP Day 4 Sunrise and then one last hike

April 19, 2018  •  5 Comments

Woke up early enough  to get into the park for the sunrise.  Did not turn out to be much of an event but since I was there I went ahead and took some photos.  Here are a couple more.

Next I drove up the scenic drive to the very end and navigated a 2.5 mile long dirt road to come to the trailhead for my hike.  This time I hiked to Capitol Rocks, the rocks the park was named after.  Seems these rocks reminded the early pioneers of the domes to capitol buildings.  Along the route were some petroglyphs that were too dim to even photograph.  There was a section known as the pioneer register but what I would classify as pioneer graffiti (there is a photo of this) and finally the tanks.  These are depressions in the rocks that fill with water, but there has not been rain here for sometime so the tanks are empty.  Here are some photos from the hike.


Comments

Marie D(non-registered)
I think all sunrises are beautiful. These are still pretty and you should feel worth your getting up early and hiking in the great West!
Jim(non-registered)
Beautiful sunrise photos. BTW, sure glad you found a few rock formations to photograph - probably hard to find in Utah, right? I liked the rock graffiti, but sorry for the more modern ones the just serve to deface the stone. I recently read a book titled, "The Undaunter: The Miracle of the Hole in the Rock Pioneers", about the settling of some of that country, and the difficulty in getting wagons through some of it.
Julie(non-registered)
I like the predawn picture the most since I would never get up early enough to see in real life. Thanks
valerie(non-registered)
The shadows in 2 and 3 make the photo interesting. And the striations add a nice subtle color change. Nice to know that even an ordinary sunrise has so much to offer those who take the time to see it. Well done.
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