Because to the non-geologists who first came here (OK, the European-descended non-archeologists, the Fremont People were here long before), the domes of Navajo Sandstone looked like the domes of state capitol buildings and the sheer cliff left by the upthrust millions of years ago looked like a reef in the ocean. What else to call it but “Capitol Reef”?

Here’s a view of the domes and reef. See if you agree.

Domes and Reef

Domes and Reef

There are other features that decided not to erode with the rest of the area surrounding it. One noticeable one is Chimney Rock (probably so named because it looked to the first Europeans to enter the area like a, well, chimney made of rock) (OK, no evidence of imagination there, but what do you expect?). Here’s what it looks like from the highway as you walk back to the car after hiking a slot canyon:

Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock

Short Post today, I’m in Washington, DC, and I don’t want to miss one exciting word of the speeches. And if you think it’s bad posting from a trip that was over a week ago, I’ve still got some Monument Valley shots to share with you!

More to follow,

Bob