It's also long, slow, bumpy and monotonous driving, when you're not looking at that scenery, but more on that later.
The good news for those that like solitude as well as magnificent scenery is that camping is permitted only in the designated campsites – a grand total of 15 on the entire circuit (some are in widely-spaced groups of three; one is a single site). Since it’s too long to drive the White Rim Road as a reasonable day trip, that means the likely population for the 80-odd miles of the circuit that are within the National Park (and the balance as well, in all likelihood) is limited to folks that have a campsite reservation. For the first two days that I was on the road, that number was zero, which rose to a grand total of one for the next two days. But then again, the daytime temperatures reached 102, with surface temperatures higher.
That said, after twelve days in the desert, with temperatures now topping 100, I decided it was time to turn down the thermostat and find a change of scenery. I opened my books of topographic maps and looked for someplace nearby with elevations 7,000 – 8,000 feet (and hence cooler air), no towns, lots of public land, and as few paved roads as possible. Better yet would be none. Much of the far west of Colorado looked like it would meet those requirements nicely. So enough of Utah. Time to head back, a little, east.
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