With innumerable glimpses of this earth we live on, selecting one location has its limitations. But Capitol Reef offers a spectacular earthly view not just on Earth Day, but every day: rugged rocks rising tall from the earth; shades of red that change with the light; and rows of orchards offering nature’s bounty in a majestic setting.
Capitol Reef didn’t officially become a National Park until 1971 even though its geologic features were recognized as a National Monument in 1937. And because you can drive through this park, almost close enough to reach your hand out the window and touch the bare-faced rock, you get the sense that you are part and parcel of towering red rocks where a river runs through.
The unexpected bonus of Fruita, an area of orchards on the level grounds among the rocks, elevates Capitol Reef to the top of our list of Places We’d Like To See Again, seasonal changes being what they are.
But nestled among all this earth, Fruita Schoolhouse stands alone, an inside haven of learning among nature’s grandest outside elements. Who wouldn’t want recess to come at last when the world offers such majesty beyond the door?
It’s earth at its finest — raw, elemental, and unchanged by time.
It’s Capitol Reef. In Utah.
For more entries in this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth, click here.
And for more on Capitol Reef, visit this National Park Service site where you can download brochures and information to help you plan your own Earth Day — anytime.