Our bucket list includes a quest to visit all 59 National Parks. The Capitol Reef National Park is in an isolated area of Utah, which allows for a peaceful hiking experience.
It’s located on the Scenic Byway 12 route which travels through 3 national parks, 3 state parks, a national recreation area, and a national monument. Yes, I will be linking these areas for your enjoyment in future story’s about our travels through the 124 miles of the Scenic Byway 12 route.
The trails in the Capitol Reefs National Park took us up and around some cliffs for a panoramic view of the many spires, ridges and domes. The park was named Capitol Reef, because the whitish sandstone domes resemble the Washington D.C. “Capitol” Building. The “Reef” refers to the high uplifted ridge, which presented a considerable barrier to early settlers.
I’m always amazed at how flowers manage to bloom in such inhospitable environments.