Waterpocket Fold

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Coordinates: 38°01′18″N 111°07′14″W / 38.02167°N 111.12056°W / 38.02167; -111.12056

Waterpocket Fold – Looking south from the Strike Valley Overlook
Aerial view of Waterpocket Fold

The Waterpocket Fold is a geologic landform that defines Capitol Reef National Park in the western United States. This monoclinal fold extends for nearly 100 miles (160 km) in the semi-arid plateau of central Utah. It can be seen via three scenic routes in the park. One route leads to a famous landmark known as the Golden Throne. This landmark is covered in golden sandstone that gives it its name. The Waterpocket Fold lies east of the town of Torrey, three miles west and just southeast of the Middle Desert. This area is prized for its scenic hiking.[1]

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  1. ^ "Capitol Reef: Geology". National Park Service. 

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West face of Waterpocket fold – Looking north from Miners Mountain