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Capitol Reef National Park Sights

Capitol Gorge

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  • Capitol Reef National Park
  • Scenic Drive/Tour
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Updated 12/19/2014

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At the entrance to this gorge, 9 miles south of visitor center, Scenic Drive becomes unpaved. The narrow, twisting road on the floor of the gorge was a route for pioneer wagons traversing this part of Utah starting in the 1860s. After every flash flood, pioneers would laboriously clear the route so wagons could continue to go through. The gorge became the main automobile route in the area until 1962, when Highway 24 was built. The short drive to the end of the road has striking views of the surrounding cliffs and leads to one of the park's most popular walks, the hiking trail to the water-holding "tanks" eroded into the sandstone.

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Scenic Dr., Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, 84775, United States

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Updated 12/19/2014


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