Monday, September 16, 2002
Burr Trail and the Waterpocket Fold
Team South leaves the sandstone-enclosed riparian, green world of Calf Creek and drives to Boulder where they turn east on the Burr Trail Road, one of the many scenic drives in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Once a dirt road, Burr Trail is now paved for the first 31 miles, all the way to the boudary of Capitol Reef National Park where the pavement inexplicably ends and the Burr Trail reverts to its old, dirt-self again.
Burr Trail ends at the Notom-Bullfrog (dirt) Road. Here Team South turns north and drives along the Waterpocket Fold, a spectacular monocline approximately 100 miles long but less than three miles wide. Capitol Reef takes its name from the eroded white, pale-yellow sandstone domes which dot the crest of the reef. These domes reminded early travelers of Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
At Highway 12 the team temporarily leaves the route of the Journey for the campground near the visitor center.