After staying in the pretty little town of Bluff, Utah for a couple of days we started heading north. We drove to the city of Blanding to grocery shop and then headed west on Utah 95. I love the Utah state highway signs as they feature a beehive with the highway number in the middle of it.
Utah 95 is a long gorgeous road crossing over canyons and alongside rivers until it ends in the city oh Hanksville. We explored the adobe ruins on a brief hike to Butler Wash,
then crossed over the Comb Ridge again
and drove to Natural Bridges National Monument.
You can visit three natural stone carved bridges either by car on a ten mile loop road, or park and hike steep trails down the canyons to see them up close and personal. We decided that parking and viewing from the overlooks was just fine.
We continued west on 95 until we reached Hanksville, stopping for fuel at an unusual gas station-it’s a convenience store was cut into the side of a small mountain.
95 ended and Utah 24 took us further westward—another scenic byway that drove through miles of eroded and sculpted mountains of gray stone until we entered Capitol Reef National Park. A former prehistoric underwater reef, natural forces created canyons of sculpted sandstone and one of them reminded the Mormon settlers of the dome of the US Capitol building.
We witnessed a rainstorm that brought us a spectacular double rainbow looking behind Chimney Rock.
Leaving Kodachrome we returned to highway 12 and continued southwest, visiting the City of Tropic, home of Bryce Canyon National Park. The road continues westward towards Zion National Park, but we followed it for only a few miles more before heading north.