Hwy. 24 runs through a portion of Capitol Reef but most of the monument must be seen from hiking trails and 4×4 only roads, but what we saw when passing through was amazing. As we entered the park from the east near Caineville the first thing we saw was the Capitol Dome formation.
As we got closer to the dome the road curved and suddenly we were in a canyon with beautiful trees. This is the Fruita historic district where you will find orchards and a small village. This is where the campground is located.
Next stop is the petroglyph panel along the canyon wall.
A stop at the visitor’s center for a little information which is located closer to the western entrance. We took the scenic drive from the visitor’s center to the entrance of the Capitol Gorge road and back.
As we left the monument the scenery changed again to beautiful red rock formations.
We got to our boondocking spot just east of Torrey and looked back at a wonderful day at Capitol Reef.