Capital Reef is known for its isolated, awe-inspiring terrain, and there is no better example of the geology than hiking Upper Muley Twist, a canyon that cuts through the Waterpocket Fold, the 100-mile expanse of buckling terrain that is the major geologic feature in Capital Reef. Arches and sandstone formations resulting from erosion create plenty of picture worthy pauses.
Directions • The Upper Muley Twist Canyon road is located 1 mile west of the top of the Burr Trail Road switchbacks. According to the National Park Service, passenger cars can be driven about 0.3 mile in to the Upper Muley Twist Canyon trailhead. (GPS coordinates 37.858364, -111.038672) High-clearance vehicles can drive 2.9 miles up the canyon to the Strike Valley Overlook parking area. (GPS coordinates 37.881388, -111.04666)