Sunday, September 27, 2015

Delicate Arch and Canyonlands National Park

I’m currently outside Capitol Reef National Park in Torrey, Utah.  

With a population of 154, Torrey is the metropolis of this remote area.  No internet or services of any kind, really.  I’m writing this from the Wayne County Visitor Center – the only wi-fi in town.  And it’s taking enormous chunks of time and patience to upload these photos. 

But let me back up in time and document this amazing hike. 

Delicate Arch

The hike to Delicate Arch is magnificent! Completely worth the effort (even for those of us with vertigo).  I started early, but still the temperature rose over 20 degrees before the 2-hour hike was done.

The photo below shows the massive area of slick rock to traverse.  Note the ant-hill procession of people on the right.

Get through this narrowest part of the trail, round the bend, and a stunning sight awaits. 

Canyonlands Drive-By

Later that day, I visit nearby Canyonlands National Park, but with temps in the 90’s, I tour the park from the comfort of the GDB's air-conditioned driver’s seat.  It's all spectacular, but the view of Green River is particularly stunning.

The campground is full so there was no question of staying the night. But it works out well as I get a text from Jeanne that she is overnighting at Willow Springs Road with friend Lauralee. 

Capitol Reef National Park

Arrived at Capitol Reef yesterday and stayed the night at a fantastic boondock spot in Fishlake National Forest, just a mile from town and 10 miles from the Park entrance. 

If the skies are clear tonight, as they were last night, this will be an ideal site from which to view the lunar eclipse. 

My only neighbor.

Today I plan to do some hiking and visit the fruit orchards in the Fruita district of the Park.  Over the next week, I'll be moving ever deeper into this remote region.  It may be a while before the next post.

Stay tuned!


  1. I've it before we live in an amazing country.

  2. Isn't that part of the country some of the most unique and fabulous landscapes ever?!?!?!

  3. The bakery has wi fi too :)) It's not free tho if you have a goodie weakness.


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