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On the road to Moab

Discovering less known parks (Kodachrome, Capitol Reef and Dead Horse Point)

Story by Fabien Bazanegue January 6th, 2017

Kodachrome Basin State park

After 2 days at Bryce Canyon it is time to take the road again moving further towards east of Utah. But before reaching Moab and Arches NP, we had a full day driving and had to pass through other parks that finally deserved the stop.

Closest to Bryce Canyon, Kodachrome Basin State park is for sure not as extraordinary as its famous neighbor but getting there will allow you to find back some quietness. There is no one around, you really feel alone there, like if you were the only survivor.

I actually liked a lot the diversity of colors of the landscape as well as the contrast between te touch of greens of the bushes and the red (or grey) of the rocks.

If you are a photographer or even just know a bit about photography, Kodachrome is of course remind you something.

Actually, the color and beauty found here prompted a National Geographic Society expedition to name the area Kodachrome, after the popular color film, in 1948.

If you have the chance to get there, you'll understand why !

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Capitol Reef National park

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Further east, we arrived at Capitol Reef National Park at midday. We just had time to visit one of the canyon and had our lunch in the little "prairie" at the park entrance just in front of the visitor center.

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On the road again

dead horse point state park

Before Moab, we chose to make a little detour towards Dead Horse Point State Park which offers a breathtaking view on Canyonlands. It turned, finally, to be a very good introduction to what we were about to experience at Grand Canyon. Not as fantastic but really worth the detour.

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Stunning view on Canyonlands
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Potash Evaporation Ponds are a technicolor surprise in Utah’s desert
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did you notice the photographer on the top of the cliff?
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Footnote: All photos taken with a Canon 6D
Utah, United States