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Ubehebe Crater

Ubehebe Crater is indeed a large crater, blasted into existence around 800 years ago at the northern tip of the Cottonwood Mountains. The half-mile wide, 750 foot deep crater was created when molten magma neared the earth’s surface, coming into…
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Agueberry Point

Agueberry Point is one of the best places to sense the immensity of open spaces in Death Valley National Park. Named after local miner Pete Agueberry, Agueberry Point sits over 6,000 feet above the floor of Death Valley, a vertical…
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Zabriskie Point

Zabriskie Point is one of the most recognizable scenes in Death Valley National Park. The badlands formations found here are amongst the most colorful in the United States, made up of lake sediments and volcanic ash. Over the years, soft…
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badlands, canyon, desert

Hall’s Creek

Hall’s Creek is named after Charles Hall, a Mormon pioneer who operated a ferry across the Colorado River in the 1880’s. Hall’s wagon trail through the area still serves as the hiking trail for a large portion of the journey…
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Tarantula Mesa

The Tarantula Mesa is the ancient remnants of the flanks of an ancient mountain. Just east of the Waterpocket Fold of Capitol Reef National Park, this feature is younger than the Waterpocket Fold, composed mostly of bentonite, a clay layer…
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Hall’s Creek Overlook

This remote overlook in the southern portion of Capitol Reef National Park would have once overlooked a large, temporary nature-made earthen dam and desert lake. The still existent “Red Slide” (visible on the far left) is the remnant of an…
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Cowboy Cave

  The Cowboy Cave lies in Upper Muley Twist Canyon in Capitol Reef National Park. Not a true cave, but an alcove, Cowboy Cave is so named because of its history as a well-known and convenient stop during cattle drives,…
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Waterpocket Fold

Capitol Reef National Park is a geological oddity in South Central Utah and a backpacker’s paradise. The Waterpocket Fold, the main feature of the park, is a nearly 100-mile long monocline, or warp in the Earth’s crust. The Golden Throne…
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Fern’s Nipple

Fern’s Nipple is a large rocky peak that sits directly atop the Waterpocket Fold of Capitol Reef National Park. Nobody knows who Fern was, but the physical description of the feature is undeniable. Views from atop this peak include most…
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Cathedral Valley

The Cathedral Valley is so-called because its large rock formations resemble cathedral spires. The Cathedral Valley lies in the far northern reaches of Capitol Reef National Park. Access to the Cathedral Valley is via two different rough dirt roads, the…
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