We drove along the eastern border of the Park, with the Henry Mountains to the east and Capitol Reef's Waterpocket Fold to the west.
More recent uplift of the entire Colorado Plateau and the resulting erosion has exposed this fold at the surface. Shallow basins are formed in the sandstone layers as they are eroded by water. These basins are common throughout this Fold formation, capturing water from snowmelt and rain. Because of these eroded "waterpockets", the Fold earned its name.
Poor Daisy had to stay at the trailhead (dogs not allowed on national park trails), but she was happy enough in the shade with a bucket of water.
We rode over red sand formed by erosion of the Carmel formation
with no shortage of interesting sandstone cliffs to admire.
To be continued...