For a real treat off the beaten path, motor into The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument on your way out of Bryce toward Capitol Reef
via Highway 12, one of the most scenic roads in the country.
But Capitol Reef
country's real-life superhero was undoubtedly Utah writer Ward Roylance, who fell in love with the land he dubbed "the Enchanted Wilderness" and then tirelessly fought to preserve it.
A few days before, I had sat in a cafe in Torrey drinking coffee with an old friend who knows the canyons of the Capitol Reef
country like the deeply etched lines on his own hands.
Branching off State 12 in the town of Boulder, Burr Trail Road, a back door to Capitol Reef
National Park, is the only other paved road in the monument.
A Capitol Reef
visit works well as part of a southern Utah vacation.
Scientists estimate that between 50,000 to 100,000 Wright fishhook cacti remain in a two-county area of southern Utah, including a small section of Capitol Reef
The lodge is located only a short drive away from some of America's most scenic and powerful wonders, including the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef
The canyons leading from Boulder to the Waterpocket Fold are breathtaking, and the views offered by the Henry Mountains and Capitol Reef
95, includes information on California's Channel Islands and Utah's Capitol Reef
and Arches national parks, as well as on new parks in Alaska.
Best known as the home of Capitol Reef
National Park, central Utah's Wayne County boasts only 2,500 residents, but the scenery, including Boulder and Thousand Lake mountains and the sandstone panoramas of Capitol Reef
, is world-class.
Between 1994 and 1996, restoration teams used helicopters and net guns to capture and move more than 100 desert bighorns from Canyonlands and other areas into unoccupied habitat in Capitol Reef
National Park and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
But it lacks such a lofty designation, so visitors bent on seeing nearby Canyon-lands, Arches, or Capitol Reef
often overlook this little-known--and usually uncrowded --territory of carved washes and eroded sandstone.
Not long after sunrise on February 13, 1996, a fleet of county bulldozers, road graders, and dump trucks rumbled into Capitol Reef
National Park in Utah.
If the West possesses one spiritual heart,it may lie in the Colorado Plateau, 130,000 acres that spread over Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico and take in such wonders as Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Capitol Reef
national parks, and the Green and Colorado rivers.
Beginning with Theodore Roosevelt's designation of the Grand Canyon in 1908, several national parks--including Arches, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef
, Glacier Bay, Olympic, and Grand Teton--first received protection as national monuments under the Antiquities Act.