Are places more beautiful when one doesnít know what to expect? Do low (or no) expectations inflate impressions? We had no idea what a monocline was, let alone looked like before we went to Capitol Reef NP. We now know it is one of the more striking geological features the U.S. has to offer.
We knew we were in for something impressive when long ridges of multi-colored rocks appeared paralleling the road to the Park. They do look like a Reef! These waves of earth led the way into the Site, where they exploded into steep cliffs, white domes and deep gorges. The beauty of Capitol Reef NP took us completely by surprise.
Capitol Reef NP is yet another affirmation of the trip. Here is a place of exquisite and unique beauty that we may have never seen had we not set out to find all of the National Parks. Did you know it existed? We didnít.