Utah Spring Vacation | Day 3

The winds were a little calmer when we woke Monday, April 14th in Cedar Mesa Campground in Capitol Reef National Park. We packed up and took Notom Road north to the park headquarters. I didn’t get any pictures, but the orchards in Fruita were just beginning to bloom.

cedar mesa campground IMG_0983 IMG_0986 IMG_0985

The dogs patiently waited while we checked on road conditions and filled up our water. After a detour to Torrey for beer and gas, we quickly hit the vistas on the way back to find The Cathedral Valley Road.

IMG_0987 goosenecks capitol reef IMG_0992 IMG_0996

Once on the Cathedral Valley Road, we could let the dogs out and pulled over for a bite to eat and to explore these formations.

cathedral valley road capitol reef IMG_2147 IMG_2152 IMG_2155

Back on the road, the rock changed from white to red, and spires began to march out of the mesas. At the end of the valley, we climbed the hill to the campground. The first ones there, we chose the spot with the best views.

IMG_0998 IMG_2164 IMG_1004 IMG_1009

Before dark, a car from New Mexico, joined us in the campground. They were quiet campers who kept to themselves, so we worked to keep the dogs leashed and quiet as well.


This was the moonrise of the Blood Moon. The photography cannot convey the true beauty of the alpine glow and iridescent changes that the sky displayed for us.

DSC_0001 DSC_0002 IMG_2199 DSC_0004

Unfortunately we missed the lunar eclipse. I remember waking up to realize the light was weird—darker than it had been with a little bit of an eerie glow that was not the sunrise. The moon had risen directly over the bus, and I was too tired to wake everybody up for a view. In the morning, Chris said he too noticed the occurrence of the eclipse, but decided to stay in bed.


You can see my map of the overall route on google maps.