Every tourist destination has its attractions. However, because every tourist is different, these attractions have greater or lesser value. In this series Gary gives his reasons for traveling to a particular place. Hopefully some of his thoughts will entice you to consider adding this particular location to your itinerary. The entire series is being categorized under the heading, “Spotlights.” However, you may find more about these locations in the archives of this website, under headings such as, “Great Places,” “Things to Do in,” “Best of,” “Top 10” and “Places of a Lifetime.” In addition, “Walking Tours” of many of these destinations may be available for purchase on the website for the low price of $1.49 each.
Capitol Reef National Park, in southwestern Utah, offers a dramatic look at the Waterpocket Fold, a prominent geological feature of the American Southwest which originated due to mountain-building in the area. The park preserves this landform as an excellent example of geology. A visit to Utah without a stop at Capitol Reef is incomplete for these reasons:
1. The park’s main road offers great views of the major characteristic of this landscape, a ridge which has obviously been uplifted from the area next to it.
2. This prominent ridge is visible for miles as visitors explore the park.