Greetings from Capitol Reef National Park

On a road trip in 2005 we were in Capitol Reef driving through one of the roads that follow one of the canyons that are a wash for heavy rains. There was quite a bit of traffic. We were in a convertible. We had a CD playing, when all of a sudden C&C Music Factory with Martha Wash belting out, “Everybody Dance Now” came on. My husband reached over and cranked the volume. My first instinct was that this was not appropriate for a National Park and was going to tell him to turn it back down. However, before I could say it; I noticed people were waving and smiling. The music was bouncing off the walls of the canyon. I grabbed a big beach towel and got up on the seat and had it flying in the wind behind me like Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Elderly people in Toyotas, families in mini-vans all started waving and jamming in their cars with us. We had a big ole party going on. To this day I call it the day two queens from Atlanta threw a disco party in a Capitol Reef canyon.


Capitol Reef National Park

This park protects a grand and colorful geologic feature known as the Waterpocket Fold, a 100-mile wrinkle in the Earth's crust known as a monocline that extends from nearby Thousand Lakes Mountain to Lake Powell. The park also preserves the unique natural and cultural history of the Fremont people who lived throughout Utah and adjacent states from 700 to 1300 AD. The park features petroglyphs, pictograms and artifacts of the Fremont people, as well as a wealth of layered sandstone rock formations, multicolored mesas and buttes, and sweeping, colorful desert views in all directions.

State(s): Utah

Established: 1937

“I LOVE THEM. We have been to almost all the parks in the lower 48. Others too. We only have a few more to go. One day we hope to go to America Somoa and Kobuk Valley. Then we can really brag. Sorry, I was still using film in 2005, no picture. ”

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