Strike Valley

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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 Waterpocket Fold, forming a very large mountain that has been eroded away. The Waterpocket Fold is all that is left of the flanks of this mountain, with older rock layers sitting atop the Waterpocket Fold, much higher than the less durable newer clay type layers still present lower in the Strike Valley. This illustration shows the effect very well.