September 9, 2019 – Provo, Utah to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado

This was a driving day and I did not take any pictures. Too bad, because the drive from Provo through the Wasatch Mountains on US 6 was amazing. A genuine mountain pass, following the waterway that carved it.

Then we came out into a plain and connected to Interstate 70. As I scanned the enormous landscape, I saw a strange land formation that looked just like the Waterpocket Fold. Then I saw a sign for Capitol Reef National Park and realized IT WAS the Waterpocket Fold.

We passed the road to Moab and Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. I wanted to go back there. We continued on I-70 to Grand Junction in Colorado. There we followed US 50 to Montrose, the closest town to the park.

The park has three loops in the campground and B Loop has electricity! We got one of the last spots.

It was the first time we had a split-level campsite.

There was a bit of a mountain view in the distance, but this picture doesn’t show it.

We were no sooner seated outside in our folding chairs when two mule deer stopped to look us over. They disappeared into the brush before I could pick up the camera.

I was excited about this park because it is a Dark Park, meaning the night sky has more stars than we see elsewhere. The temperature dropped as the sun was setting so we were inside waiting for Dark to come. It never did. A big ole moon was so bright that we could only see one or two stars. Andy got up a 0330 and the moon was low in the sky, behind the trees. We went out and, indeed, saw more stars than we ever see back east, including the Milky Way when our backs were to the moon.

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