"An Eclectic Mix of Rock Formations" Top 5 Page for this destination Capitol Reef National Park by BruceDunning
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The park has a variety of rock formations that are distinctly unique from each other depending on the area you are in. A lot is the sedimentary rock for its loose layers of different colored rocks that are eroding. This park combines rock you would find in Zion, Bryce, Canyonlands to name a few for each of their distinct rocks and formations. The iron oxide caused the brown and red rock, and white is from limestone.
A large section of the park is called Waterpocket Fold, because one side has risen and the other still flat. This is called that name because so much of the park is in a preserved area, and the fold is a long narrow valley that goes for 100 miles. The total park length is about 125 miles. The park has nearly 250,000 acres
The certain areas in the north part of the park is sandstone that is eroding. It was once desert sand. It is called Navajo formation, and over 1500 feet thick in certain areas.
The park is called Capitol because of the white domes of the Navajo sandstone looking like domes of buildings, and the reef name from the sheer walls that stop/slow up a person's difficulty to travel over or through them
The reddish brown rock is called shale, and it is in certain areas of the park. It was formed by silt/clay that ended up in lagoons that eventually rose up out of the ground form the Colorado Plateau upheaval-more than twenty plus years ago-like in millions actually
- Pros:Wonderful views of differnt scenery all in one place
- Cons:Too many people/tourists congregating in the middle areas
- In a nutshell:A great place to see the varying wonders of Nature
There are open fence area all around here. So be aware of the deer and cattle that may stroll across the highway. more travel advice
It is advisable to have the right attire to hike and even walk around. A good brim hat, and cover for the arms, even... more travel advice
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