Driving the Waterpocket Fold in Capitol Reef National Park.
I was looking over some of my favorite unshared photos during the year and thought I'd finish up 2004 by choosing a few at random. This one was taken at the pass on the top of the Waterpocket Fold. There are actually seven switchbacks--some are partially obscured in this photo. This is one of my favorite views in my favorite National Park (of the ones I've seen) although Glacier National Park is a close second. Generally the youngest rocks are on the surface and the oldest far below. Because of the waterpocket fold there is a 100-mile stretch where millions of years of geology is exposed side-by-side. It is possible to drive--or walk if you have the time--from age to age. For information on the waterpocket fold, click here.