Cedar Mesa Sandstone

Cedar Mesa Sandstone

Spires of Cedar Mesa Sandstone in Chesler Park (Needles District)

NPS Photo by Neal Herbert


Permian Period (245 to 286 million years ago)

Depositional Environment:
Near-shore sand dunes intermingling with periodic floods that brought dark red sediments from the ancient Uncompahgre Mountains

Red and white layered sandstones forming cliffs, domes and spires

Spires and canyons in the Needles and Maze Districts of Canyonlands

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