Capitol Reef National Park: Panorama Point


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We’d had a full day in Capitol Reef National Park, having begun our tour before dawn to watch the sun rise in Cathedral Valley. As we headed towards the park exit at the end of the day, we made one more stop at Panorama Point.


If you are driving east on Route 24, the parking lot for Panorama Point is the first one after you pass the park entrance. Everyone stops here, so it can be crowded.


The short rock trail takes you from the parking lot to the top of a plateau where there are 360-degree views of the park. There are some educational displays up there about the pure air quality in the park that contributes to the amazing views.


From this vantage point, it’s easier to visualize the waterpocket fold as a reef, or barrier to travel. The rocky spine of the fold stretches on as far as the eye can see.


Capitol Reef posts:


Location: Wayne, Utah

Designation: National Park

Date designation declared: 12/18/1971

Date of my visit: 4/13/2017


20 thoughts on “Capitol Reef National Park: Panorama Point

  1. I feel like I need to give this park a second chance. I didn’t like it as much as some of the other Utah parks, but that’s probably because we got lost in there and took an hour detour off the hiking trail lol 🙂 Great pictures, as always!

  2. We took a guided jeep tour and it was well worth it given the challenge of finding one’s way around and the condition of some of the roads. It also provided much better background than we could have done on our own.

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