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

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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?

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...