Day 2, Stop 7
38o 17.903' N
111o 16.338' W
Triassic - Lower Jurassic
The view of the Castle from the Capitol Reef National Park Visitor Center is very popular, but the view of The Castle from the west along Hwy 24 is still spectacular. From here, one can see the dark red Moenkopi Formation and the variegated Chinle Formation, capped by the tall cliffs of the Wingate Sandstone that have weathered into the Castle.
On the south side of the road is a good outcrop of the Moenkopi Formation in an acessible stream bed. Here there are many sedimentary structures exposed along bedding planes, such as different varieties and sizes of ripple marks (Figures 3 and 4) and trace fossils (fossils left by animal activity) including reptile "scrapes" in the mud (Figures 5 and 6).