Capitol Reef

Famous for its Waterpocket Fold, the park offers views of many colorful canyons, ridges, buttes, and monoliths.

Capitol Reef National Park is located North-East of the Grand-Staircase Escalante, in a very remote location. It is a very peaceful and quiet place, outside of main touristic routes. The geologic features this park is trying to preserve are probably not appealing to most people at first. However, I’m sure almost everyone would appreciate the unique views of the Waterpocket Fold, this 100 miles long monocline with differential erosion of the rock layers. 

A good 4WD is recommended, especially to drive in the creek of Muley Twist Canyon. Strike Valley Overlook is only a short walk away from the canyon. For the third time in my life, the view took my breath away. It happened before, as I was looking at the fjord Lisefjorden from the top of Preikestolen in Norway and as I was admiring the crater of Ngorongoro in Tanzania. No words could describe the feelings I had and not even the best pictures could render the view. I have made an attempt, which at least speaks to me. I find difficult to give a sense of scale to this type of landscape photography.