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POTD July 5, 2017: Waterpocket Fold, Capitol Reef National Park, Garfield County

Waterpocket Fold, Capitol Reef National Park, Garfield County
Photographer: Adam Hiscock © 2017

New graffiti at Capitol Reef National Park underscores ‘complex, difficult’ process of restoration

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Alongside centuries-old petroglyphs of a bear, a coyote and a bighorn sheep stand the newly etched words “DALLAS TX.”

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Fluted crimson walls of Jurassic-age Entrada Sandstone rim Cathedral Valley in the remote northern part of Capitol Reef National Park. The near-vertical Entrada walls owe their existence to the overlying white Curtis Formation that serves as a protective cap rock. Capitol Reef National Park, Wayne County, Utah Photographer: Tyler Knudsen; © 2015

POTD March 8, 2016: Capitol Reef National Park, Wayne County, Utah

Wishing our Tuesday was spent out there! The weather just gets nicer and nicer by the day. What Utah places do you want to explore this year?

POTD 3-8-16 Capitol Reef National Park, WAyne County

Capitol Reef National Park, Wayne County, Utah
Photographer: Tyler Knudsen; © 2015

Fluted crimson walls of Jurassic-age Entrada Sandstone rim Cathedral Valley in the remote northern part of Capitol Reef National Park. The near-vertical Entrada walls owe their existence to the overlying white Curtis Formation that serves as a protective cap rock.

Light-brown sandstone of the Jurassic-age Curtis Formation caps the underlying reddish siltstone of the Entrada Formation in Cathedral Valley. In places, only boulders remain of the resistant cap rock as the Curtis Formation slowly weathers away. Cathedral Valley Overlook, Capitol Reef National Park, Wayne County, Utah Photographer: Gregg Beukelman; © 2015

POTD February 12, 2016: Cathedral Valley Overlook, Capitol Reef National Park, Wayne County, Utah

POTD 2-9-16 Capitol Reef National Park

Cathedral Valley Overlook, Capitol Reef National Park, Wayne County, Utah
Photographer: Gregg Beukelman; © 2015

Light-brown sandstone of the Jurassic-age Curtis Formation caps the underlying reddish siltstone of the Entrada Formation in Cathedral Valley. In places, only boulders remain of the resistant cap rock as the Curtis Formation slowly weathers away.

Waterpocket Fold, Capitol Reef National Park, Garfield County, Utah Photographer: Don DeBlieux; © 2015

POTD January 7, 2016: Waterpocket Fold, Capitol Reef National Park, Garfield County, Utah

We’re looking forward to 2016. What geology adventures will find you this year?

POTD 1-5-15 Capitol Reef National Park Garfield County

Waterpocket Fold, Capitol Reef National Park, Garfield County, Utah
Photographer: Don DeBlieux; © 2015

Erosion pockets in Wingate Sandstone, Cohab Canyon, Capitol Reef National Park, Wayne County. Capitol Reef National Park, Wayne County, Utah Photographer: Adam McKean; © 2014

POTD August 28, 2015: Capitol Reef National Park, Wayne County, Utah

Another weekend already?? Well we’re not complaining! Who’s got plans to get out into Utah geology this weekend?

8-28-15 POTD Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park, Wayne County, Utah
Photographer: Adam McKean

Erosion pockets in Wingate Sandstone, Cohab Canyon, Capitol Reef National Park, Wayne County.

Capitol Reef: Photos of Southern Utah’s Majestic Beauty

livescience.com

In the south-central part of Utah, a 100-mile-long (161 kilometers) formation, dubbed Waterpocket Fold, has created a landscape that is not only spectacular to view but is also a geological treasure for research and study.

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Entrada Sandstone in Cathedral Valley, Capitol Reef National Park, Wayne County, Utah Photographer: Tyler Knudsen; © 2014

POTD April 9, 2015: Entrada Sandstone in Cathedral Valley, Capitol Reef National Park, Wayne County, Utah

POTD 4-7-15 Capitol Reef National Park

Entrada Sandstone in Cathedral Valley, Capitol Reef National Park, Wayne County, Utah
Photographer: Tyler Knudsen; © 2014

Photos: Utah’s National Parks

For those of our friends that can’t get out into the outdoor wonder-world this weekend, here are some stunning photos to keep you company.

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Quiz: How well do you know Utah's national parks?

ksl.com

Utah is home to five national parks — Zion, Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon. How well can you pick out the geological features and what makes each park famous?

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