I only had time to cover the Scenic Drive and Capitol Gorge Wash in the upper part of the park on Monday. It was getting dark on my way out. I plan to go back to see the famous “Waterpocket Fold” section further south later in the week.
At the end of the road, the Capitol Gorge Wash looks like any other dirt road. But the signs warn of flash flood danger when it rains. Then like most washes in the southwest, it’s essentially a short lived desert river, not a good place to be in a storm.
The wash is accessible by any ordinary car, and it winds downhill through shear-walled canyons with some very strange rock formations. Some with familiar red sandstone and others with giant holes, all formed by erosion.