Carmel Formation

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The gentle slopes of the Carmel Formation near Horseshoe Canyon

NPS photo by Gary Cox


Mid- to late-Jurassic (144 to 208 million years ago)

Depositional Environment:
Shallow marine and mud-flats

Mix of siltstone, shale and sandstone forms slopes

Some occurrence around the rim of Horseshoe Canyon makes this the youngest layer in Canyonlands. More prevalent along the Green River.

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