Capitol Reef National Park

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Capitol Reef National Park is a narrow strip of land that contains the Waterpocket Fold, a 65 million-year-old ridge that stretches 75 miles (120km) long. It was form while the earth's crust moved and wrinkled, and old rock layer folded over the new. Along the ridge are colorful canyons, cliffs, arches, domes, and buttes made of layers of sandstone. The park was established in 1971.

 

It's interesting to know that the name Capitol Reef originate from some of the white domes and cliffs resemble the Capitol Building in DC. For instance, the Flute Wall in the 1st 2 Pix and the Castle in the 3rd pic feature domes and arrays of sandstone pillars do look a bit like a building.

 

Capitol Reef is fairly accessible since Utah State Highway 24 runs right through the park.

 

The Scenic Drive right before sunset . Love that blue color of the sky reflected by the snow.

 

Other sceneries along the highway.

Lastly, our hotel right outside of Capitol Reef. Excellent view, and to our delight, they even got wi-fi!

 

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