Waterpocket Fold

Cassidy Arch, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

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. … [Read more...]

Twin Rocks at Capitol Reef

Twin Rocks, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

I was treated to a lovely sunset at Capitol Reef National Park in Utah. I really liked how the direct light shone onto the red twin rocks and made them glow. Please click the images to view larger versions. It's hard to tell from this angle why they are called twin rocks. One of the rocks in this grouping looks like two melded together from another point of view. … [Read more...]

The Castle at Capitol Reef

The Castle, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

Of all the national parks in Utah, Capitol Reef National Park is the one that seems to get overlooked by many tourists, yet it was one of my favourites. Perhaps that's exactly what I liked about it: fewer people. Please click the image to view a larger version. It is just as rugged and magnificent as all the other parks I visited with its impressive towering cliffs. I … [Read more...]