Sticking with my inability to stay still last winter, I set out for my first camping trip of the year in early March. Since I had already hit up Bryce and Zion National Parks in the prior few months, I decided to go the easy route and try to chase some epic shots that had escaped me in the past.
There is something special about the desert when it’s blanketed with a fresh coat of snow – the brilliant white exhibiting an extreme contrast with the orange, reds, and yellows of the desert.
Fast-forward couple of years through the rise of over tourism being experienced world-wide, I hadn’t dared to go back. Right after that first trip, visitation numbers to the park began to increase significantly from 3.1 million in 2014 to 4.5 million visitors in 2017.
The White Rim Road is a 100-mile old mining road that takes you into the backcountry of Canyonlands National Park’s Island in the Sky District.
I’m not sure what was going on this spring, but holy hell… I saw some of the best sunrises and sunsets I’ve ever seen in Moab.
In mid-October, I went back to spend three days exploring the park – Each day I hiked 8-10 miles, drove 20-30 miles of jeep trails, and made sure to shoot sunrise and sunset on each end. I got a ton of pictures, but not much to write… so here’s 16 pictures of beautiful Capitol Reef National Park.
Cathedral Valley is located at the northern end of Capitol Reef National Park, a remote area with no services or paved roads.
Capitol Reef National Park offers more geological variety than any other park on the Colorado Plateau, which itself is one of the most unique natural landscape areas in America.
Originally developed by a rancher named John Atlantic Burr to move his cattle between summer and winter grazing grounds, the Burr Trail is now one of those classic Utah “backways” that the State frequently advertises as it takes you into some of Utah’s most beautiful and extraordinary country with views of the Henry Mountains, the colorfully contorted Waterpocket Fold, red Circle Cliffs, and Long Canyon.