Coming from the East the contrast between the sad, yet impressive, deserted wastelands and the furtile valley that one enters before reaching the Capitol Reef N.P. is stunning. The pioneers must truly have considered the green sides of this narrow valley as a little paradise. After entering the more foresty environment to the West of the Capitol Reef it settles down that it's just the enormous difference between the landscapes that keeps being in mind.
Fondest memory: We had the most splendid weather on this day and had an incredable laughter in the car when we on the endless desertroad met a big car pulling a ... sailingboat!!! This was (at first) truly a total surrealistic picture and we thought that tis American really was struck by lightning or so. Later we found out about the immens large lake created by the Glenn Canyon Barrage-damm behind which Lake Powell stretches for hundred and hundred of miles following the many sidebranches of the Colorado river and making this a recreational area of - in my opinion - unique world standards! Hope to come back to go sailing here and then maybe I will be considered crazy, pulling a boat through the desert (see my Page (AZ) page).
Favorite thing: This is one of the towers surrounding Capitol Gorge. A trail leads out to the tower. Its a good option for days when rain or snow have forced closure of the trail leading to Capitol Gorge.
Favorite thing: The Capitol Reef Scenic Drive runs west on hwy 24. The remainder of the park is located along hwy 24 east. This road passes several petroglyphs and then leads to Muley Twist Canyon.
Favorite thing: The Chimney Rock Trail is 3.5 miles and has a good climb to what are supposed to be some impressive views of neighboring cliffs and the Waterpocket Fold.