|As the sign says, it is indeed Elephant Rock.|
|That could have been an elephant in the left half of the picture...right?|
On the way to the Visitor Center we saw the Seven Sisters outcrop which had a few little picnic sites situated within their crevasses.
|There could be considered more than seven, but we'll go with it.|
As we continued on, the mountains/hills to the left looked a little suspicious:
|What are those red rocks doing under those suspicious grey upper layers?|
I decided there had to be some sort of thrust or detachment fault in there and sure enough in the Visitor Center my suspicions were confirmed. Those are grey Paleozoic carbonates and shales overlying the reds of the Mesozoic sandstones and mudstones.
|Click for a larger image if you want to see the trace of the fault.|
|The upper meters of the Aztec display beautiful mixtures of oranges, pinks and reds.|
|One of the slot canyons on the loop hike with a dad for scale.|
|One small fault in the slot canyons.|
|Deformation bands (DB2's for those in the know) displaying ladder structure.|
|Wonderful contrast of the pastels against the brilliant oranges and reds.|
This ends the first portion of Valley of Fire State Park. The second half, which was still the same day but would make for quite the long blog post, will be up in the next week!