The first part is of the journey south from Torrey as the road climbs over Boulder Mountain.
The second part show my travels west through the beautiful Grand Staircase-Escalante
National Monument after I left the Burr Trail.
The video below features the places shown in the pictures above along with the beautiful sunset.
Click onward to see tomorrows video of my morning visit to the park.
You can check it out in the two minute video below.
Today was a great day. Where I stayed last night is only 115 miles from where I am staying tonight but it took me almost 10 hours to get here. I started the day by driving about 40 miles south of Torrey (where I stayed last night) where I picked up the Burr Trail. The Burr Trail is a 75 mile long, mostly dirt road that crosses The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the southern part of Capitol Reef National Park. I didn't do the entire 75 miles because it was heading the exact opposite direction I wanted to go. But I did get about 40 miles into it before I turned around and headed back. The first picture was taken at the beginning of the trail.
It was a beautiful day. Next the trail headed into Long Canyon.
Thirty miles into the trail I reentered Capitol Reef National Park.
There was great solitude out here. It took me four hours to do the round trip on the trail and I only saw about a dozen other cars the entire time. You can see the dirt trail in the picture below.
A really scenic portion is Burr Canyon. In the picture below you can see the switchbacks to the bottom of the canyon. In the distance you can see the cliffs of the Waterpocket Fold.
The picture below is of my dirty car at the bottom of Burr Canyon. The back window was so dirty I could not see out of it at all.
It was at this point I turned around and went back. In the picture below I'm climbing back up the switchbacks.
Even though I was traveling the same road back it never got boring. The scenery was spectacular.
After getting off the Burr Trail it was about 80 miles to Bryce. Scenic State Road 12 continued its way across the huge Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. I ate my lunch at one of the many scenic overlooks.
Before getting to Bryce I took another side trip. This one to Kodachrome Basin State Park.
Got to my hotel here at Bryce Canyon after 6:00. After getting settled I headed into Bryce Canyon National Park which is only 3 miles from my hotel. My first scenic viewpoint was Inspiration Point.
My second stop was at Bryce Point.
My third stop was Paria Viewpoint. The setting sun really brought out the colors in the rock.
My last stop was fittingly Sunset Point.
Below is a picture of sunset from Sunset Point.
The final picture of the day was also from Sunset Point. The sun was completely set and it was almost dark.
It was a very long but fantastic day. Once again it is time for me to go to bed.
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