We are now two thousand feet (610 meters) higher than at the Fremont River crossing. I found this desert view awe inspiring. We are looking south along the entire South Desert basin with the Henry Mountains in the background. On the right, the basin is bordered by the slopes of the Waterpocket Fold that starts here and extends 100 miles (161 kilometers) to the Colorado River. The Waterpocket Fold is a "wrinkle" in the earth's crust where rocks have been dramatically thrust upwards. It's this geologic feature that the park is built around. We'll see more of it later.
Capitol Reef National Park
Part of the Great American West series.