Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Canyonlands and Capital Reef National Parks

 Wonderful view from the north end of Canyonlands National Park.   This area is called Island in the Sky. 

We then drove to Capital Reef National Park and it was amazing to see how much the rock and terrain changed during that drive!  I need to go back and take more time at this National park.  Early settlers had put in huge orchards and had made a small community here.  They left it right after WWII but all the fruit trees remain as well as some of the old homes and an old school house.  They were people that were use to the sea so allot of their names for things referred back to the sea.

Below is Capital Dome and was reminiscent of the Capital building of the our Nation.  So the National Park was named Capital Reef in honor of the Nation's capital and the "reef " that the sea loving  people who settled this land would refer to the landscape. 

Snow already in these mountains and on our drive home more rain!!
I guess the tour of the National Parks is now concluded and it is back to work for me.  I hope you enjoyed just a few of the many photos and the great views!!
Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!


  1. Barb,

    Wow! Just Wow! Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing your pics with us.


  2. Absolutely beautiful Barb!

  3. Fantastic photos !! Thank you for sharing with us !

  4. love the beautiful colors..I have never been there..great works of art..;)

  5. stunning photos.....
    never been to these canyons but would love to go someday! you are so lucky to have seen such beauty. thanks for sharing.

  6. Beautiful photos Barb! Buy the way Congrats on winning the Pumpkin!

  7. It's so nice to meet you, Barb...I'm really glad you stopped by my blog! And I loved looking at your great photos. I was glad to see the ones of Capitol Reef, as we didn't get there, choosing to go back down to Monument and up the other side of the state. The way the scenery changes at every turn of the road is what made me fall in love with Utah. I'm off to check out the rest of your pics...:)



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