February 19th III – Utah, Day 5
Posted on February 26, 2015
|Departure||Destination||Daily Drive Time||Total Drive Time||Daily Mileage||Total Mileage|
|Canyonlands UT||Capitol Reef National Park||3 hours 30 min||23 Hours||186||1368|
Following the Dead Horse Point tour, we began the trip west across Utah to get to the most isolated part of the trip, which was Capitol Reef.
Capitol Reef gets a bad wrap for a couple of reasons. 1: It’s only been an officially designated national park since 1971 (look it up). 2: The main highway (24) which passes through Capitol Reef, passes through arguably the most boring part of the entire park; therefore, when people drive through Capitol Reef, the general consensus is that it’s a pretty but more or less boring scenic drive on the way across Utah to the much more famous and popular Zion National Park.
The most unbelievably beautiful part of Capitol Reef is only accessible by 4×4 vehicle on a remote, 60-mile-long dirt road that turns off of a B-highway in the middle of Nowhere, Utah. I’m serious. There is nothing. For miles.
So after making this turn onto a dinky, poorly maintained dirt road called Hartnet Road, we stopped off, aired down the tires to 20PSI for offroad driving, and set out for a place called Cathedral Valley with nothing but the support of the truck.