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#11 DirtyDog

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Posted 25 May 2010 - 07:56 PM

Entering the Bentonite Hills:
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These hills were pretty spectacular but unfortunately the light was really bad this day and capturing them in a photo was difficult.

Entering Capitol Reef National Park by the back door:
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Posted 25 May 2010 - 07:59 PM

Lower South Desert Overlook:
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Posted 25 May 2010 - 08:06 PM

We had a good stop at Cathedral Valley Campground - this remote campground was free, uncrowded, and offered a great view of Cathedral Valley:
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The next morning we made our descent into Cathedral Valley:
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Posted 25 May 2010 - 08:08 PM

Morrell Cabin:
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Cathedral Valley:
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Posted 25 May 2010 - 08:13 PM

Glass mountain - this is a mound of large, pure gypsum crystals:
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Temple of the Sun and Moon, Glass Mountain lower right:
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Posted 25 May 2010 - 08:20 PM

Spring in Cathedral Valley:
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Making the return trip on Caineville Wash Road:
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Finally got mike to quit doing donuts long enough to get a photo here.
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Posted 25 May 2010 - 08:25 PM

After completing the Cathedral Valley loop, we decided to head south on Notom Road and setup camp at the Cedar Mesa Campground. This is also a free backcountry campground but is much easier to access than Cathedral Valley CG, so it was pretty full. We squeezed 3 trucks into one spot:
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The boyz:
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Posted 25 May 2010 - 08:27 PM

Next day, heading south on Notom Road:
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Where we turned and drove up the Burr Trail Road switchbacks:
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Posted 25 May 2010 - 08:33 PM

The Burr Trail Road is gravel while in Capitol Reef but is paved in the Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument section of the road. Despite the pavement (blech!), it's a great drive:
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Posted 25 May 2010 - 08:42 PM

We popped into Deer Creek Campground just to give it a look and discovered the world's largest cottonwood tree:
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At the intersection of the Burr Trail road and highway 12, in the town of Boulder, there is a restauraunt called the Burr Trail Cafe - THIS IS A MUST STOP! I was blown away by the food here. Some of the best I have ever had. Serious chefy stuff going on here.

With our Burr Trail adventure complete, we decided to hit the Devil's Backbone loop west of Boulder:
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The Devil's Backbone Bridge was amazing - it spanned the jagged intersection of two canyons and there was nothing but amazing canyon views on both sides.
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