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Capitol Reef Scenic Route 24

48.0 miles: 0 hours, 57 minutes

Capitol Reef Scenic Route (SR 24) crosses red-clay mesas, then winds along the Fremont River into Capitol Reef National Park, where dazzling massive rock formations, layer-cake cliffs and spiraling hoodoos dwell in the Waterpocket Fold, a 100-mile wrinkle in the earth.


Desert tones on SR 24 range from hematite red to carnotite-enhanced yellow, painting the landscape with an unearthly beauty. In Capitol Reef National Park, peek at 1,400-year-old petroglyphs in Fruita, scout for a domed outcropping that resembles the U.S. Capitol and tread through the hills where Butch Cassidy and his gang hid from the law on the Capitol Gorge trail.


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