Tony & Judy's Four Corners Trip Summer 2010 travel blog

Sunrise from the campground in Torrey

Another sunrise view

Park entrance

In the park

At the Visitor Center

The Castle

Interesting rock

Entrance to the Gorge

Petroglyph in the Gorge

Pioneer travelers

Gorge Trail

Judy exercising while waiting for Tony to return

Natural bridges

Capitol Dome

Navajo Dome

Chimney Rock

Our first stop was the Visitor’s Center at the Capitol Reef National Park. The name of the park was inspired by massive grayish-white domes eroded from a layer of Navajo Sandstone 1,000 feet thick. The forms were thought to be reminiscent of the dome of the nations’ Capitol. The extreme subterranean pressures that wrinkled the earth’s crust into the fold exposed the edges of at least 14 different layers of geological formations, laid one on top of another, over a period of 275 million years. This gigantic upheaval of majestic domes, multicolored escarpments, and deeply eroded canyons extends nearly 100 miles from north to south. In addition to driving through the park we took a few walks, or short hikes.

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