Yes Capitol Reef is worth seeing. And going this route would not be a detour,its on the way.You can drive thru Capitol Gorge in the park and do the short walk to Pioneer Registry.There are also some nice orchards there where you can pick fruit if its in season.Capitol Reef is a great park that really gets overlooked.
Great advice from dez40, as usual. I agree with the plan he has suggested, as it reduces the backtracking.
Capitol Reef is a very nice park and absolutely worth the stop, for all the reasons listed above.
Another very interesting little place to stop on the way from Torrey/Capitol Reef to Moab is Goblin Valley State Park, just off of Route 24 north of Hanksville. Hundreds of "small" roack formations that look like, well, goblins!
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