Capitol Reef National Park -- Torrey to Fruita
This is a short trip through the Capitol Reef National Park east of Torrey Utah and heading towards Hanksville Utah. I began the trip about 30 minutes later than ideal but I still got some nice light in places. The video was shot using a GoPro Hero 3 Black camera mounted to the top of the windshield but on the outside of the car to avoid glare and reflections from the windshield. But, having the camera mounted to the outside meant the microphone on the camera was licking up mostly wind noise so I reduced the sound from it by 36db.
At about the twelve minute mark I entered the town of Fruita and in addition to the historic one room schoolhouse there is an amazing collection of petroglyphs that are quite spectacular.
In addition, there are a number of formations I pass along the journey including Twin Rocks, Chimney Rock and another I believe is called Castle Rock.
Capitol Reef National Park | Geology, scenic drive, hiking
A strange, beautiful landscape of multi-hued rock layers, Capitol Reef National Park lies in the heart of Utah canyon country.
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ABOUT CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK IN UTAH
Capitol Reef National Park is a hidden treasure between Zion/Bryce National Parks and Arches National Park. Capitol Reef is a 100-mile pinch in the earth’s crust in the geographical middle of nowhere, but it’s overloaded with geological, cultural and sensory consequence … tiny cross-section of the spinning rock we’re clinging to. Named for what it looks like (white rock domes like the U.S. Capitol, rocky ridges like marine reefs) — but isn’t — because it wasn’t like anything anyone had ever seen.
There’s the Waterpocket Fold ... a jagged scar where the devil dragged his pitchfork on the way to Las Vegas (a.k.a a monocline — the seam left over when shifting plates lifted one side of a fault 7,000 feet). Spend your brief time absorbing what took 70 million years and two major geologic events to create.
There are red and white rock bands … more virtuosic than Jack White himself. The Waterpocket fold horizontalizes layers of white Navajo Sandstone, red Wingate, shale and pinkish Entrada Sandstone like an entropic chunk of tipped cake. Depending on where you stand, the stripes are half an inch or half a mile wide. (You may find the iron in the red rocks magnetizes your camera lens.)
There are ruined civilizations … both ancient and recent. Fremont Indian rock shelters a mile and a thousand years from Mormon settlers’ cabins. Pictographs and grinding stones in the cliffs, apple orchards and a one-room schoolhouse in Fruita down below. See how earlier Utah people lived and see if they didn’t do a few things better than us.
Narrow rivers cutting gaping Goosenecks. Chimney Rock. Hickman Bridge. Broken towers’ jagged shadows. Look deep into the earth’s time and space from this one little foothold on, say, a Tuesday. Drive, camp and hike. Consider the bighorn sheep. Zoom in. Zoom out.
That’s just a small part of the adventure and beauty you’ll find here in this beautiful National Park Service unit!
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Capitol Reef National Park - Fruita to Cathedral Point loop 100 mi & Scenic RD
Capitol Reef National Park is in Utah's south-central desert. It surrounds a long wrinkle in the earth known as the Waterpocket Fold, with layers of golden sandstone, canyons, and striking rock formations. Among the park's sights are the Chimney Rock pillar, the Hickman Bridge arch, and Capitol Reef, known for its white sandstone domes. In the north are the towering monoliths of Cathedral Valley
Capitol Reef Nat'l Park ... Scenic Route 24 east past Fruita Utah
Beautiful scenic ride on Route 24 east just past Fruita Utah. Video filmed 26 April 2017.
Capitol Reef National Park (TRAVEL GUIDE) | Beautiful America Series | Episode# 5
Capitol Reef National Park travel guide in this beautiful America series by Hipfig for visitors to U.S. National Park.
This Capitol Reef National Park travel guide covers –
- Entrance to Capitol Reef park on UT-24 HWY,
- Town of Torrey (Utah) near Capital Reef National Park,
- Capitol Reef National park part without fee on UT Hwy 24 and then fee part on Scenic Drive,
- Capitol Reef National Park visitor center, and
- major Capitol Reef attraction area (like Scenic Drive, Fruita Historic District, Waterpocket fold, petroglyphs, Hickman Bridge Trail etc) to see or hike and much more useful information for people planning visit to this Capitol Reef Park.
Capitol Reef National Park is in the south-central region in the state of Utah on UT HWY 24 near the town of Torrey, UT.
Topics covered in detail in this Capitol Reef National Park travel guide video are below:
1). Introduction to Capitol Reef National Park to new visitors interested in visiting National parks and famous natural wonders in North America,
2). Information on how to get to Capitol Reef National Park visitor center by Car located along on UT-24 Hwy,
3). Detailed information on Capitol Reef National Park area – like Entrance on HWY UT-24, Entrance fee and non-fee part, Capitol Reef Visitor Center, major points to visit in Capitol Reef Park like scenic drive, Fruita Historic District, campground, Waterpocket fold, petroglyphs, Hickman Bridge Trail etc.
4). Things to see and do at this Capitol Reef National Park like visit to Capitol Reef visitor center, popular trails, scenic drive, Cassidy arch, petroglyphs, Hickman Bridge Trail, Fruit picking in Fruita district etc., and
5). Travel tips for first time visitors planning to visit Capitol Reef National Park in Utah.
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Upheaval of land at capitol reef in fruita
Utah Scenic byway SR24 - Capitol Reef National Park - Fuita
Very beautiful scenic Byway 24, from Fruita (capitol reef) going to the east.
This is filmed September 2013 with my GOPRO hero2
petroglyphs in Capitol Reef, NP
Oasi di Fruita e Capitol Gorge, due angoli stupendi di Capitol Reef
Capitol Reef Lower Muley Twist and Fruita Campground March 2015
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Driving from Fruita, UT to Hite, UT with GoPro Hero 4 Black
Driving scenic route from Fruita, Utah (Capitol Reef National Park) to Hite, Utah with a GoPro Hero 4 Black mounted on windshield (June 2016)
Utah part 2 of 2
This is from a trip through Utah in May 2007. Sites visited: Fruita Schoolhouse, Hanksville, Canyonlands National Park, and various roadside stops.
Cradle Talk II
This song was written for my twin grand niece and nephew, Richard and Nora, who were born and currently live in Texas. I was inspired by the differences in the origin of their parents - Labrador and New Jersey. The song is of course a fictional conversation between the twins to make sense of where they come from. The song, nor pictures, is meant to be totally factual and I have taken literary license that reflects my bias and unfamiliarity with people and places mentioned or depicted. Regardless, I hope the song in some small way speaks to the musing of “where do we come from” and the impact that people and place may have on who we are. Jamie and Rick, I hope you enjoy.
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capitol reef national park
A trip to Capitol Reef Park in south Utah
Utah Route 24 Hanksville to Fruita
Fruita Night Sky Time Lapse
Another great night camping on BLM land between Grand Junction and Fruita.
Capitol Reef Milky Way
Capitol Reef National Park has one of the darkest skies in America, most suitable for deep sky astrophotography. Next time I'll use a site without any passing vehicles.
Cliff Divers at Capitol Reef National Park
This video was taken at a waterfall on the Fremont River in Capitol Reef National Park. There were actually several other distinct parts to the waterfall, making it tiered or a cascade, but the other steps are not visible from this angle. Though there are no jumping signs, some visitors decided it looked fun.
Day 3: Thunderstorms and Ice Cream in Panguitch, Utah.
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