On Tuesday morning we drove the scenic drive in Capitol Reef. This park is far less popular than its neighbors but I really enjoyed it.
We decided we needed one good hike and chose Cassidy Arch. Here is is from the road (see it?)
Hiking to Cassidy Arch
Looking down on the road to the trailhead.
After a few wiggles in the trail we see the arch in the distance.
It looks much bigger up close than it did from below.
The name comes from Butch Cassidy, who also used this canyon as a hideout.
Closer to the arch the trail gives way to rock and is marked with cairns.
David on top of the arch for scale. It's pretty big!
David on Cassidy Arch
In this shot we switched spots - I'm on the arch and he's standing where I took the previous photo from.
Looking down from near the arch. Beautiful country!
Hiking back from the arch across the grippy sandstone.
Following cairns across the rock.
Back down on the road we stopped at some mining tunnels we could see in the rock.
Oh. Uranium mine.
They are fully closed off.
No lingering here.
Old uranium mine.
Ruins near the uranium mines.
Capitol Reef from the road.
Next we stopped at some petroglyphs near the road.
Horned human figures and sheep.
Stopped at another viewpoint in Capitol Reef...
Oh, that's a nice storm over the mountain over there.
The Fuita historic district in Capitol Reef has a pie bakery. Therefore, lunch = pie. David got the berry pie...
...and I couldn't resist my favorite, pumpkin!
After the morning in Capitol Reef we drove south along 12 towards Escalante. Along the way we drove through a snowstorm. Wheee! This is after we drove through, looking back on the clouds.
Gorgeous multicolored landscape near Escalante.
We're at the edge of the clearing storms here.
The Escalante river is flowing below, and there are beautiful fall colors lining the canyon.
More fall colors along the river.
Panorama from a viewpoint just outside of Escalante.