Sep. 6: the view from our hotel, outside Capitol Reef National Park.
Sep. 6: Another view near our hotel.
Sep. 7: On the trail to Chimney Rock.
Sep. 7: Chimney Rock
Sep. 7: Capitol Reef
Sep. 7: Dig those crazy stripes! Much of the park was like this - "layer cake" effects!
Sep. 7: Another landscape
Sep. 7: Hiking
Sep. 7: Petroglyphs in Capitol Reef, only a mile or so from the Visitors Center.
Sep. 7: More petroglyphs at the same place.
Sep, 8: Hickman Natural Bridge.
Sep. 8: More hiking. Spectacular formations.
Sep. 8: We took a long drive south through the park - amazing scenery.
Sep. 8: More dramatic scenery.
Sep. 9: hiking to Headquarters Canyon.
Sep. 9: Entering Headquarters Canyon, a dramatic "slot" canyon.
Sep. 9: Headquarters Canyon.
Sep. 9: Headquarter Canyon.
Sep. 9: Surprise Canyon, not that far from Headquarters Canyon, but still a short drive and another hike away.
Sep. 9: The view from Goosenecks Overlook (so-called because the sinuous river bends resemble the necks of geese).
Sep. 9: on the way to Sunset Point, near the Goosenecks Overlook.
Sep. 10: Landscape, on the way to Cassidy Arch. The hill to the right is called the "Navajo Nipple". Can't imagine why....
Sep. 10: Cassidy Arch. Named for Butch Cassidy, who was reputed to have hidden in this general area (among others), although there is no other connection known between this arch and the famous outlaw. For scale, you can just see some climbers on top of the near end of the arch.
Sep. 10: A climber prepares to rappel down from Cassidy Arch. Ack!
Sep. 10: The Pioneer Register, along the Grand Wash, where a group of early pioneers inscribed their names in a neat fashion - and in a daring location!
Sep. 10: A closer view of the Pioneer Register. It's old, so it's history, not graffiti. Right?
Sep. 10: And another, even-earlier inscription, with wonderful "penmanship"!
Sep. 12: Morning at Delicate Arch.
Sep. 12: The intrepid hikers pose for the standard shot at Delicate Arch.
Sep. 12: Delicate Arch, again.
Sep. 12: And another, because I couldn't choose.
Sep. 12: Petroglyphs near Wolfe Ranch, at the beginning of the trail to Delicate Arch.
Sep. 12: Wolfe Ranch.
Sep. 12: Skyline Arch - because it's the best example of an arch in the park which actually is along the skyline. And it's close to the road, so it gets a lot of notice.
Sep. 12: We drove north an hour or so to Sego Canyon, which holds some amazing petroglyphs (carved into the rock), as well as pictographs like these (painted on the rock), often lying on top of each other. These range in age from 4000 years old ("Barrier" style) to as recent as 500 (the "Ute" style).
Sep. 12: Petroglyphs carved on top of even-older pictographs (the reddish streaks are human figures).
Sep. 12: Barrier Canyon Style pictographs, from 4000, 5000, or 6000 BC (depending on your source) through around 100 BC.
Sep. 12: An amazing panel.
Sep. 13: We hiked to Tower Arch. It gets its name from the arch which shares its base with the left end of the arch.
Sep. 14: Canyonlands National Park. This is Mesa Arch.
Sep. 14: Canyonlands National Park. Another shot of Mesa Arch.
Sep. 14: Canyonlands National Park. Still trying to capture the light on Mesa Arch.
Sep. 14: Canyonlands. Hiked to Aztec Butte. Nearby are several ancient Puebloan granaries, well-hidden and difficult to access.
Sep. 14: Canyonlands. A study of fine rock layers.
Sep. 14: Canyonlands. From Grand View Point.
Sep. 14: Canyonlands. A narrow road snakes down into a canyon. We did NOT go that way!
Sep.15: Hiking to Landscape Arch - suddenly, deer!
Sep. 15: Landscape Arch.
Sep.15: Further down the same trail as Landscape Arch, you eventually arrive at Double-O Arch, because it has a smaller arch below the larger one.
Sep. 15: Another view of Double-O Arch.
Sep. 15: On the way back from Double-O, we took a side hike to Partition Arch (since there is a partition between the two openings).
Sep. 15: Our last, short hike, to "Park Avenue". It is thought that the tall cliffs and prominences resemble the massive skyscrapers of the eponymous street.