Capitol Reef Backcountry

This rugged 4WD route has to be one of the most awesome in southern Utah.  Now that Earth Tours has an SUV that is capable of driving this route, it is our newest scenic drive.  Looking east from scenic Highway 12 on Boulder Mountain, the views over Capitol Reef are very impressive and you might wonder what the country is like up-close and personal – it is incredible.  Sandstone domes rise above sandbrush plains of Tantanus flat in a way that is tantalizing to say the least.  A hike into Pleasant Creek canyon is steep but well worth the effort, this is a lovely perrenial stream.  The road skirts along the west side of the spectral cliffs of Capitol Reef for several miles until we reach the scenic park road in Capitol Reef.