A geologic wrinkle in time

Capitol Reef National Park was established to preserve the geologic features of an area created 65 million years ago. Known as the Waterpocket Fold, this giant wrinkle in the Earth’s crust extends almost 100 miles. Ongoing erosion has created the park as we know it today.

Skies remained blue, but wind blew clouds of dust across the landscape.

 

The wind picked up and the landscape began to change once again as we continued west towards Capitol Reef National Park.

Gusts were expected to blow at thirty miles per hour or more. They were strong enough to push our car about while kicking up some mighty big dust clouds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We never saw the Capitol Reef park boundaries, but when we came upon this towering display we were pretty sure we had arrived.

A formation known as The Castle towers over the Visitors Center.

The main road through Capitol Reef isn't long and many spectacular formations can be seen from roadside pull-outs.

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. We heard about this place when we were in Utah last. Didn’t get to go but got to see your great pictures! Hmmm…hmmm… may have to venture that way one day, someday!

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