When you think of the desert, do you think barren, blisteringly hot, boring? When it comes to Utah's southern deserts, only one of these three adjectives is accurate. And the hot part is really only true in the summer, which is why my husband and I try to restrict our visits down south to early spring and late fall.
As I rediscovered in this recent freelance writing project, there's nothing barren or boring about any of Utah's national parks. While they certainly share a similar color palette, they are all incredibly unique in their own way. Check out Arches, Bryce and Canyonlands in these past posts, and find out what I have to say about Capitol Reef below. (Full online itinerary here. No live links below.)
Rely on repetition. While trying to think of a clever way to discuss three of Capitol Reef's main attractions, I decided to frame them in terms of numbers. This technique also provides a form of contrast: pioneer wall carvings are hundreds of years old, Native American petroglyphs are thousands of years old, and picturesque rock formations are hundreds of millions of years old. Telling the story in this way makes it easy for the reader to grasp what sets this staggeringly beautiful place apart from all the other staggeringly beautiful attractions in the vicinity.
Still to come: Zion National Park and the Grand Circle. Stay tuned.