Thanks for carrying on in the comments section of last night's Bryce Canyon post. I've got lots of new photographs to upload and tweak, but I'm going to take the next hour or so to read the internet in my usual morning way and see if I can come up with something worth talking about.
ADDED: "Capitol Reef encompasses the Waterpocket Fold, a warp in the earth's crust that is 65 million years old."
It is the largest exposed monocline in North America. In this fold, newer and older layers of earth folded over each other in an S-shape. This warp, probably caused by the same colliding continental plates that created the Rocky Mountains, has weathered and eroded over millennia to expose layers of rock and fossils. The park is filled with brilliantly colored sandstone cliffs, gleaming white domes, and contrasting layers of stone and earth.
The area was named for a line of white domes and cliffs of Navajo Sandstone, each of which looks somewhat like the United States Capitol building, that run from the Fremont River to Pleasant Creek on the Waterpocket Fold.