Southwest Desert Trip V: Capitol Reef

Burr Trail Road

After a morning hiking and biking in Kodachrome Basin State Park, on the third day of the trip Dan and I headed east. We drove through Henriville and Escalante, joining the Burr Trail Road below Boulder. This road provides the only vehicle access over the Waterpocket Fold (a vast rock wrinkle nearly 100 miles long) in the Capitol Reef National Park. It was an especially scenic drive.

Long Canyon on the Burr Trail Road

Oyster Shell Reef

Once we made our way down the steep switchbacks of the Fold, the Notom Road took us north to Hanksville. Now we were on Highway 95 which took us across the Colorado River near the Hite Marina. Lake Powell was so low that the Marina was high and dry.

The next stop was Blanding, the location of our lodging for the night. It had been a long haul, making the meal at the Old Tymer taste that much better.

Long Canyon

A friendly Raven

The Oyster Shell Reef along the Notom Road

Desert Paintbrush

Desert Oasis

Rock formations along the Notom Road

Almost to the top

Bridge over the Colorado River near Hite

Passage of time written in the rocks

Colorado River near Hite

Friend Dan and other hikers enjoying the trails

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