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Burro Canyon/Cedar Mountain Formation

photo: Dakota Sandstone at Hovenweep National Monument
Burro Canyon Formation at Hovenweep National Monument
NPS Photo by Neal Herbert
 

Deposited:
Early Cretaceous (64 to 144 million years ago)

Depositional Environment:
Rivers

Appearance:
Brown, ledge-forming sandstones.

Example:
Visible in some areas of Arches National Park, in canyons along Highway 491 east of Monticello, and around Hovenweep National Monument.

Did You Know?

Detail of the Great Gallery pictograph panel

Some of the rock art in Horseshoe Canyon was painted over 3,000 years ago. Now known as "Barrier Canyon" style rock art, it was painted by nomadic groups of hunter-gatherers that roamed throughout the southwest. More...