Wingate Sandstone

Wingate sandstone

Wingate Sandstone

NPS photo by Neal Herbert


Early Jurassic (144 to 208 million years ago)

Depositional Environment:
Massive, wind-blown sand dunes (like the Sahara today)

Towering red cliffs and spires

Tall cliffs and features like Candlestick Tower and Junction Butte at the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands

Wingate Sandstone is a member of the Glen Canyon Group which also includes Kayenta and Navajo and is the primary aquifer in the Moab area.

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