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

    Canyonlands

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Carmel Formation

The gentle slopes of the Carmel Formation
The gentle slopes of the Carmel Formation near Horseshoe Canyon
NPS photo by Gary Cox
 

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

Depositional Environment:
Shallow marine and mud-flats

Appearance:
Mix of siltstone, shale and sandstone forms slopes

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

Did You Know?

Tadpole Shrimp

Naturally occurring sandstone basins called “potholes” collect rain water and wind-blown sediment, forming tiny ecosystems where a fascinating collection of plants and animals live. Tadpole shrimp, fairy shrimp and many insects can be found in potholes. More...