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Today was a very colorful drive from Great Basin National Park to Capitol Reef National Park near Torrey, UT. We stopped briefly in Bryce Canyon National Park before going on Utah Scenic Byway 12, one of the most beautiful highways in the world.

I have been to Bryce several times but never went to Fairyland Viewpoint at the northernmost portion of the park. Here’s a look down from its rim.

Looking down Bryce Canyon from Fairyland Viewpoint.

Looking down Bryce Canyon from Fairyland Viewpoint.

There were many scenic viewpoints along Utah Scenic Byway 12 which goes from Bryce Canyon to Capitol Reef. I took the following shots from one of them toward the last half of the Byway, before we made a long climb to 9,600 ft and passing by miles of aspens which were beginning to display their fall colors.

View from Utah Scenic Byway 12.

View from Utah Scenic Byway 12.

Looking down on Utah Scenic Byway 12.

Looking down on Utah Scenic Byway 12.

When we got to Torrey, UT, there was just enough time to go to Sunset Viewpoint in Capitol Reef to photograph a nice sunset.

Sunset taken from Sunset Viewpoint at Capitol Reef National Park.

Sunset taken from Sunset Viewpoint at Capitol Reef National Park.

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