The 100 mile long wrinkle in the earth’s crust is called Waterpocket Fold. Early explorers called it an impassable reef which led to it’s current name: Capitol Reef National Park. It was created 65 million years ago by the same forces that uplifted the Colorado Plateau.
It is a vast collection of cliffs, domes, spires, monoliths, canyons, slickrock, ridges and arches. Its features are dramatic yet its feeling is serene. This would be a great place to experience peace and enjoy solitude.
It is hard to get a sense of scale in the image above, but if you look in the lower left corner you will see a grate. That is an entrance to an old mine that has been closed off and it is about four feet tall.
It would also be a great place to hideout from the law dontcha think? That’s what Butch Cassidy thought and this was his hiding place. Do you see it? Look in the upper right, right under the flat part of the mountain, there is an arch. That’s where he hung out – now known as “Cassidy Arch”.