This morning I headed off to the Visitor Center for their Geology Talk on Capitol Reef. There is seventeen layers of exposed strata in Capitol Reef that covers over 200 million years. More information can be found here:
Because erosion continues to shape the National Park, they do find many fossils and bones. Last September there was heavy flooding in this area that closed the park and many of the roads in this part of Utah. After the water went down and NP staff went to check all the roads and trails, they found an exposed dinosaur head and a large fossil of an ancient plant – how cool is that!
On the way back home, I stopped at the Gifford House to pick up a fresh baked cinnamon roll and a small apple pie to enjoy later – YUM!
After lunch, we decided to take a ride on the western side of the park and check out all the overlooks. A little explanation of some of the layers:
This formation is known as “The Castle”:
A short video: http://youtu.be/W3Z_n0MmXJM
Another short video: http://youtu.be/VTWEWqTEJ7I
This is interesting:
You know, I don’t think that you could take a bad picture in this park.
Late afternoon, we cooked supper over the fire and enjoyed the rest of the evening by the fire.
Bella found them fascinating. Dusty looked at them then went back to sleep.
They just roamed around, oblivious to the people around.
We have thoroughly enjoyed our time in Capitol Reef National Park and I highly recommend putting this on your bucket list. We will be back because we only touched the surface of things to do here.
Tomorrow we are heading to Hanksville for two days – full hookups – (Long showers – ).
So stay tuned and enjoy today.