• Spires of Cedar Mesa sandstone in Chesler Park (Needles District)

    Canyonlands

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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?

Desert Bighorn Sheep

Desert bighorn sheep live year-round in Canyonlands. These animals make their home along the rivers, negotiating the steep, rocky talus slopes with ease. Once in danger of becoming extinct, desert bighorns are making a tentative comeback thanks to the healthy herds in Canyonlands. More...