March views of Capitol Reef and the Burr Trail Switchbacks

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Capitol Reef in March 2014Capitol Reef in March 2014

I am very fortunate to live in a state where the scenery is ever-changing and that has views that can take your breath away. In March I was able to revisit Capitol Reef National Park and soak up the amazing views, geology, big skies plus the flora and fauna found in the area.

Whenever I am in the area I wonder about the lives of the ancient people who made this area their home. I wonder at times how they survived the climate which can be extremely hot and very cold. I also wonder if they thought the area was a beautiful as I do.

Burr Trail Switchbacks, March 2014Burr Trail Switchbacks, March 2014

I also enjoy traveling Burr Trail when I am in that area because of the beautiful views, the great rock formations and because while I am there I often feel transported back in time. The Switchbacks climb 800 vertical feet in just 2700 feet of road and I sure wouldn’t want to drive it if the dirt road was wet. While standing on the edge to take this image I wondered what it would have been like to try to traverse this area without the roads like the ancient people did.

When I visit these areas I do travel back in time even though it is only in my mind.



  1. Patty Chadwick June 28, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    The roads get slippery and scary when it rains, but the colors of the rock intensify…beautiful!!!

  2. Patty Chadwick June 28, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Wasn’t it Capitol Reef where Ronald Reagan wanted to dump waste material??? Or was it Arches? I think it was Capitol Reef. What a spectacular area, So glad it wasn’t desecrated by small minds.

  3. David Ballard June 28, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Mia, I love the Burr Canyon Trail! Where else can you find a slot canyon for cars.

  4. Patty Chadwick June 27, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Mia–please keep sharing these beautiful landscapes. Whenever I’ve been in any of those places, or similar ones, I’ve felt the presence of those who’ve gone before us so strongly I can almost see and hear them! The “spirituality” of such places is intense!

  5. Utahbooklover June 27, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    What great scenery indeed. Reminds me of the time, years ago, when I was camping and hiking the back trails of Arches National Park. Some of the more dramatic landscapes almost made me feel like I was on another planet. Can’t recall exactly were we were, so I’m always checking scenic Utah books for clues.

  6. Elephant's Child June 27, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Dramatic and beautiful. And unforgiving. And of course the earlier people recognised the beauty and the danger. Probably better than a lot of more modern visitors.

  7. Jane Chesebrough June 27, 2014 at 11:39 am

    WOW! (Which is probably not far off from what the ancient ones said).Happy weekend.

  8. Mary McAvoy June 27, 2014 at 11:26 am

    I’m sure that, given the harsh conditions, they stayed because of the beauty.
    Wonderful post, Mia.

  9. Montanagirl June 27, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Really nice views!

  10. Jolanta June 27, 2014 at 7:04 am

    Great view!

  11. judy watson June 27, 2014 at 6:44 am

    Such beauty!!

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