Capitol Reef is one of my favorite NPs and is normally less crowded than the more well-known parks. This trip saw more visitors than I’ve seen on the two previous trips combined – largely due to high school and college spring breaks. I shot a few areas I visited previously, hoping to improve on the conditions from earlier photographs.
I also got to two areas not visited previously by me. The Notom-Burr road runs along the east and south sides of the park paralleling and crossing the Waterpocket Fold. The Mulley Twist is an unimproved 4-wheel drive excursion off the Burr road that leads to the Strike Valley overlook providing a view of the length of the Waterpocket Fold from above. Truly spectacular although a bit late in the morning for quality light.
The Cathedral Valley loop is a 58 mile unimproved dirt road leading through some of the most spectacular scenery in the park. I was there early to shoot sunrise on the Temple of the Sun and Temple of the Moon in Lower Cathedral Valley. The bookstore in the park’s headquarters sells a great Self-Guided Auto Tour paper for Cathedral Valley.