Capitol Reef National Park

Waterpocket Fold
Waterpocket Fold

Capitol Reef National Park lies along the Waterpocket Fold, a great monoclinal flexure shown here dipping to the right. The massive Jurassic age Navajo Sandstone forms the most resistant structures and slot canyons.

Capitol Gorge Sep 77
Capitol Gorge Sep 77

My PhD research topic was formulated over a period of years, beginning with an extended tour of the Colorado Plateau with my buddy Steve Tetreault during the summer of 1973. We pondered the reason for the pictured overhang in the walls of Capitol Gorge in Capitol Reef National Park, pictured behind me.

Backcountry Capitol Reef
Backcountry Capitol Reef

The back country of Capitol Reef contained spectacular vistas like this one, with pseudo horns and cirques reminiscent of glaciated terrain. We seldom saw any tourists in the back country.

Waterpocket Fold
Waterpocket Fold

Capitol Reef National Park lies along the Waterpocket Fold, a great monoclinal flexure shown here dipping to the right. The massive Jurassic age Navajo Sandstone forms the most resistant structures and slot canyons.

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