We left Arches behind and traveled through Captiol Reef National Park down into Zion National Park. We hadn't intended to take this route, but were encouraged to do so by the locals and other folks who had been through Capital Reef National Park previously. What a delightful ride it was. Capitol Reef, Zion, Bryce and the Canyonlands are all National Parks on the Colorado Plateau which is bordered in the south by the Painted Desert and the Sonoran Desert, on the north by the Uinta Mountains of Utah, on the east by the Rocky Mountains and on the west by the Great Basin of Nevada. While these are all formed basically by the same geologic and erosion processes, they are all uniquely different. We saw part of the Canyonlands when we were staying at Arches. We traveled through Capitol Reef on Scenic Byway 12 on our way to Zion and we will see Zion and Bryce in these next few days.
Had we realized how much there was to see in Capitol Reef, we probably would have scheduled a few days here. Failing that, we saw as much as we could on the route including stopping at several overlooks. The Capitol Dome, Navajo Dome and the prehistoric petroglyphs were among our favorite sights.