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Navajo Knobs

Navajo Knobs is a high rocky outcropping along the Waterpocket Fold in Capitol Reef National Park. The trail starts by the Fremont River, taking the hiker past the very large Hickman Bridge and ultimately to a short scrambling route that…
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Hall’s Creek Narrows

Hall’s Creek Narrows is one of southern Utah’s finest hikes. The usual route to these spectacular narrows involves descending into 1,000 foot plus deep Hall’s Canyon. After several miles of hiking the long, dry sandy main wash of Hall’s Creek,…
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Hamburger Rocks

The seldom-visited Hamburger Rocks are the very last small remnants of the red silty Kayenta sandstone layer eroded away, with the surrounding white Navajo sandstone layer exposed underneath. The result of the staggered erosion is the signature “hamburger rocks”, which…
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Waterpockets

The main feature of Capitol Reef National Park is the 100 mile long Waterpocket Fold, North America’s largest monocline. The name Waterpocket refers to the waterpockets and potholes along the white Navajo sandstone layer of the Fold, which hold water…
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Strike Valley

The Strike Valley is the valley directly east of the Waterpocket Fold in Capitol Reef National Park, characterized by several tilted sandstone and clay layers lying parallel to the Fold itself. Once long ago, these tilted layers sat atop the…
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Queen Of The Wash

The “Queen of the Wash” is a large badlands formation in the Bentonite Hills region just outside of Capitol Reef National Park. This stunning badlands formation has been created through eons of water erosion from violent flash floods, revealing the…
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Brimhall Bridges

The Brimhall Bridges are a unique double bridge formation on the Waterpocket Fold in Capitol Reef. The hike begins at Hall’s Creek Overlook, drops 1,200 feet into Hall’s Canyon, then leads into Brimhall Canyon, a tributary canyon of Hall’s Canyon….
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Powell Point

Powell Point is the highest point in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the Clarion formation, the highest sandstone layer in the Grand Staircase region of the larger Colorado Plateau. The point is actually fairly easily reached by a decent dirt…
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Grosvenor Arch

The long drive on Kane County Road #400 is along a monocline named “The Cockscomb”, similar to the Waterpocket Fold of Capitol Reef National Park, but on a smaller (but perhaps more colorful) scale. Then the large, colorful sandstone double…
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Cosmic Ashtray

The seldom-visited “Cosmic Ashtray” (or locally “The Volcano”) is an impressive and unique wind erosion feature in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The “Ashtray” does not appear on maps, is around 100 feet deep and is actually filled with very deep…
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