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Buckled Rock

“The world of the Waterpocket Fold stretches 100 miles—and beyond”

—Park Ranger

Many layers of originally horizontal sedimentary rock make up Waterpocket Fold. The layers formed from sediments deposited over hundreds of millions of years in seas, tidal flats, deserts, and other ancient environments. Regional mountain building bent, or flexed, rock layers into a huge fold (of the Earth’s crust). Many upper layers…have eroded away, leaving only a hint of the earlier Waterpocket Fold’s enormous size.” Read more through the NPS. These are the same forces that created the height of the Colorado Plateau, which averages about 6000 ft. above sea level. Read more HERE.

Strike Valley Overlook

The Upper Muley Twist Canyon vista peers out over Capitol Reef's Strike Valley. Outside Boulder, UT

After reading the above passage, one can’t help but feel small and insignificant within such a beautiful but harsh desert environment.  It’s a futile attempt to try and imagine the sheer forces it took to rearrange this landscape. It’s also difficult to grasp the grandeur and size of this scenery through one photograph. If you look close enough, though, you can see the tiny Notom-Bullfrog Rd, which eventually leads to Lake Powell. Though hard to see, it lends some scale to this massive vista.

Check back later this week for more details and images from © Rodeonexis Photography…brought to you by Jeremy Weir

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