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

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Cedar Mesa Sandstone

Cedar Mesa Sandstone
Spires of Cedar Mesa Sandstone in Chesler Park (Needles District)
NPS Photo by Neal Herbert
 

Deposited:
Permian Period (245 to 286 million years ago)

Depositional Environment:
Near-shore sand dunes intermingling with periodic floods that brought dark red sediments from the ancient Uncompahgre Mountains

Appearance:
Red and white layered sandstones forming cliffs, domes and spires

Examples:
Spires and canyons in the Needles and Maze Districts of Canyonlands

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...