Capitol Reef National Park
One of Utah’s best-kept secrets, this south-central park preserves unique geology (including the 100-mile-long Waterpocket Fold, a “wrinkle” in the earth’s crust), a preserved Mormon frontier settlement, and vast wilderness ideal for multiday backpacking trips.
Capitol Reef is further defined by a dry and warm climate (be sure to drink plenty of fluids while hiking in the area) and home to miles of slickrock, a geological feature that is a popular mountain biking attraction in places like nearby Moab, Utah. Much of the ground is covered by cyanobacteria, or cryptobiotic soil, a sort of living crust that is integral to the ecosystem…so watch your step!
Car and Driver rated it among ten most scenic highways, Forbes as one of America’s best snowy drives, and Backpacker magazine as a favorite Wild Road. Read More...