We started the day by driving from Moab, UT to Capitol Reef National Park to set up camp at campgrounds in Fruita. The setting at Fruita is nestled in a river valley surrounded by red rock cliffs and imbedded in fruit orchids that the Mormons planted many years ago. It is truly a paradise with landscape surrounded by some of the most beautiful cliffs and red rock formations anywhere.
In the afternoon we traveled up the scenic Capitol Reef Drive that follows the ridge of high cliffs that make up this park. We traveled up the Grand Wash road to a lovely canyon and hiked a short distance up into a narrow gorge with towering cliffs on each side.
At the end of the drive we traveled into Capital Gorge which even topped the Grand Wash for sheer beauty. At the end of the road we took a half mile hike into the gorge to view petroglyphs that the ancient Indians had left there on the walls of the canyon.
Today we traveled north to Salt Lake City, Utah. The drive was beautiful with snow capped mountains in the distance all the way. It was a day of shopping for supplies and nestling in at the Pony Express campgrounds located just north of Salt Lake City. After dinner we plan to go to downtown Salt Lake City to visit the Mormon Temple and Tabernacle.