Making a Scene
Ultimate Utah, Day 7: Capitol Reef National Park
That left no doubt that we had arrived at a special area most deserving of national park status and at least as appealing as Arches. (We can't pass judgment on Bryce and Zion as we have yet to visit them.) Today we drove into the park, checked out its scenic drive, hiked the Grand Wash Trail and the Capitol Gorge Trail. We have no words to do justice to the exquisite scenery we saw in Capitol Reef National Park, so we'll let the photos speak for themselves.
FRIDAY, 28 APRIL 2017
• Ended in: Torrey, UT
• Miles driven: 79 (total 2,781)
• Weather: 28° to 56°, sunny and breezy
• Letterboxes: 0 (total: F14, P5)
• Walked: 4.5 mi (total 28.42)
• Gas: 10 gal @ $2.499 (total 36.4 gal @ $2.549 average)
• Boulders: 42,908
• Other Rocks: 12,546,819
• Colors of Rocks: 794
Loved: The Grand Wash Trail through a canyon was our favorite hike of this trip so far. It satisfied an item that has been on Ken's bucket list since he was a kid and watched heroes in TV westerns moving through such canyons.
Lacking: Capitol Reef National Park is so close to perfection, we just couldn't identify anything lacking today.
Learned: As we've been traveling around Arizona and Utah and seeing names for various landforms, we began to wonder about the difference between a butte and a mesa. Here's what we learned: Buttes were once part of flat, elevated areas of land known as mesas or plateaus. In fact, the only difference between a mesa and a butte is their relative size. Most geographers say a butte is taller than it is wide, while a mesa is a much larger, slightly less elevated feature, usually wider than it is tall.