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Cathedral Valley Loop Tour, Capitol Reef N.P. - No.5 - Temples and Cathedrals
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Apr 6, 2021 09:04:11   #
jederick Loc: Northern Utah
 
This post will end our auto tour of the Cathedral Valley. This is the easiest section of the tour to drive with mostly a good, relatively flat dirt road with beautiful scenes in every direction.
1. Monuments arise frequently along this section of the road.
1.  Monuments arise frequently along this section ...
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2. As do colorful spires.
2.  As do colorful spires....
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3. And colorful rock walls that go on forever!
3.  And colorful rock walls that go on forever!...
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4. Lava dikes formed when molten magma pushed up through softer sedimentary cracks and fissures of the earths crust.
4.  Lava dikes formed when molten magma pushed up ...
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5. More evidence of volcanic activity are these lava sills that intruded through cracks in sedimentary layers.
5.  More evidence of volcanic activity are these l...
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6. Amazing the number of soil layers left behind from volcanic activity and erosion.
6.  Amazing the number of soil layers left behind ...
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7. Our last stop to explore as a weather front was moving in.
7.  Our last stop to explore as a weather front wa...
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8. Glass mountain, Temple of the Sun and in the distance, Temple of the Moon.
8.  Glass mountain, Temple of the Sun and in the d...
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9. Closer look of the Temples.
9.  Closer look of the Temples....
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10. Glass Mountain, a large mound of selenite crystals is the crystalline form of gypsum commonly called moonstone.
10.  Glass Mountain, a large mound of selenite cry...
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Apr 6, 2021 09:28:07   #
roder10 Loc: Colorado Springs
 
This section is stunning. Great images of these formations and the info about formation. Thanks for taking us along on your tour.

Apr 6, 2021 09:39:00   #
Cwilson341 Loc: Central Florida
 
I am totally amazed. I don't recall seeing photos of any of this before. Your shots are so well composed and detailed. I loved exploring each shot!

 
 
Apr 6, 2021 09:39:43   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA
 
Great set!

Apr 6, 2021 09:50:58   #
roder10 Loc: Colorado Springs
 
Cwilson341 wrote:
I am totally amazed. I don't recall seeing photos of any of this before. Your shots are so well composed and detailed. I loved exploring each shot!


I totally agree, Carol.

Apr 6, 2021 09:58:27   #
joecichjr Loc: Illinois, USA
 
jederick wrote:
This post will end our auto tour of the Cathedral Valley. This is the easiest section of the tour to drive with mostly a good, relatively flat dirt road with beautiful scenes in every direction.


Fabulous shots of the magnificent scenery

Apr 6, 2021 10:04:45   #
AzPicLady Loc: Behind the camera!
 
Such beautiful scenery. Thank you for sharing.

 
 
Apr 6, 2021 10:15:09   #
anotherview Loc: California
 
Thanks for the pictures of Cathedral Valley. I've visited Capitol Reef NP several times.

One time, I began the drive through Cathedral Valley but turned back because of my low-clearance vehicle. The road does present a rough ride.

If I return to CRNP, I'll surely consider following the road through Cathedral Vallely.

Here's a write-up of this scenic route: https://www.nps.gov/care/planyourvisit/cathedralvalley.htm
jederick wrote:
This post will end our auto tour of the Cathedral Valley. This is the easiest section of the tour to drive with mostly a good, relatively flat dirt road with beautiful scenes in every direction.

Apr 6, 2021 10:20:24   #
Earnest Botello Loc: Hockley, Texas
 
Great series, Jim.

Apr 6, 2021 10:22:08   #
LEWHITE7747 Loc: 33773
 
jederick wrote:
This post will end our auto tour of the Cathedral Valley. This is the easiest section of the tour to drive with mostly a good, relatively flat dirt road with beautiful scenes in every direction.


Love these formations!

Apr 6, 2021 10:24:25   #
SnappyHappy Loc: Rome, Jawja
 
Beautiful scenes jederick...another add to my bucket list...thanks for sharing

 
 
Apr 6, 2021 10:44:07   #
saxman71 Loc: Seattle
 
Outstanding set my friend. Such stunning scenery that most folks will never see in-person. Happy to see nothing has changed since my last visit to the park in 2009. If I lived a little closer I would be in that park a lot. Thanks for posting this series of images over the last week or so. I enjoyed them and they brought back very good memories of exploring the park with my girlfriend who passed away last June. Thank you very much.

Apr 6, 2021 11:00:37   #
jederick Loc: Northern Utah
 
roder10 wrote:
This section is stunning. Great images of these formations and the info about formation. Thanks for taking us along on your tour.


Thank you very much, Roder...I appreciate your generous comments, interest and enthusiasm for this series on Cathedral Valley!!

Apr 6, 2021 11:03:40   #
jederick Loc: Northern Utah
 
Cwilson341 wrote:
I am totally amazed. I don't recall seeing photos of any of this before. Your shots are so well composed and detailed. I loved exploring each shot!


Thank you very much for the comments and compliment, Carol, and I appreciate your participation in this Cathedral Valley series very much. Good to hear this series of posts provided you with new "horizons" to view and learn about!!

Apr 6, 2021 11:04:38   #
jederick Loc: Northern Utah
 
Longshadow wrote:
Great set!


Many, many thanks, Bill...I wanted to close with a winner!!

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