The great panoramas between Capitol Reef National Park and Staircase-Escalante National Monument are truly unscathed. Diversity within the canyons, waterpocket folds, and the extensive erosion of the sandstone is almost too complex for the human eye.
The Burr Trail connects these two magnificent destinations by a 66-mile partial gravel road. This particular trail’s use is not suggested during severe weather due to flash flooding. However, a day of blue skies gives you the opportunity to explore these clandestine mesas, buttes, and plateaus.
The colors in the rock formations range from deep burnt oranges to harsh merlot-like hues. The contrasting shades of the auburn colored rock and the indigo sky is profoundly reminiscent of any Gustave Baumann painting. As the sun traverses the sky, shadows are cast and the walls of the canyons seem to change in physique and stature. To comprehensively study the color wheel, the Colorado Plateau would be a brilliant and all-encompassing educationalist.
As Mother Nature would have her way, Southern Utah is the land of the desolate. The National Park Service encourages its visitors to drink at least one gallon of water per person within a 24 hour time period. Southern Utah is also home to “The Mighty 5” national parks. The following parks are Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion. When assessing your visit and creating an itinerary, it is highly recommended that you take at least 10 days in order to accomplish a well-rounded trip.
Wandering these sculpted lands retells a lesson once given by Ralph Waldo Emerson:
“Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience.”
Until we meet again,