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Capitol Reef National Park - Scenic Drive
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Capitol Reef National Park  (Click for enlarged view 71K)
Capitol Reef was on our way to Moab (for another two National Parks). Although the park area is huge, only a small portion is accessible by Rt 24 and a short scenic drive. The land was too huge that the density of population was small. Unlike other parks, we didn't see many visitors around.
Capitol Reef National Park
Capitol Reef National Park
Capitol Reef National Park
We saw huge rocks everywhere, some even looked like castles. It's interesting: every National Park here has rock, yet they are all looked different.
Capitol Reef National Park
Capitol Reef National Park
The white round cap-like rock is the reason why the park got the name "Capitol".
Capitol Reef National Park
A glance from the scenic drive. Most of the road was well-paved. It was not for heavy traffic (which the park didn't see). Some branch routes were not paved. Although we did see some normal two-wheel-drive cars came out (apparently survived the road condition), we did not risk to enter.
Capitol Reef National Park
That afternoon's weather was interesting. Half of the sky was clear and blue with white clouds. The other half was shadowed as if hunderstorm was coming.

We came in a hurry and left in a hurry. Lack of time was one reason. The other reason was that we just didn't know how to explore the park by car. This is not a fully-developed park. If you want to see some new things, you probably have to rely on your feet.
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