Capitol Reef National Park is defined by the Waterpocket Fold: a 100
mile long uplift of 7000 feet in the Earth’s crust that exposed a huge
range of rainbow-colored rock layers deposited between 300 million and 100 million
years ago, which is seen in the distance in
this pre-dawn panorama.
At the Goosenecks, meandering Sulfur Creek cut deeply into the deep red Moenkopi sandstone
to form a 800 feet deep canyon with sheer walls, reveling a
floor of White Rim Sandstone and Kaibab Limestone. If you are afraid
of heights you may be a little nervous because
of the drop-off, but the viewpoint, a short
distance from the parking area, is very safe
with a guardrail, provided that you don't step
down to photograph from the edge as I did.