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

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Curtis Formation

The light-colored, grayish-green layer in the middle of the escarpment is the Curtis Formation (below the Sommerville).
The light-colored, grayish-green layer in the middle of the escarpment is the Curtis Formation (below the Sommerville).
NPS photo by Gary Cox
 

This layer does not occur in Canyonlands, but may be seen in nearby Capitol Reef National Park.

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

Depositional Environment:
Shallow marine

Appearance:
Sandstone, shale and gypsum forms slopes

Example:
Exposed along the Green River

Did You Know?

Collared Lizard

Lizards, including the colorful collared lizard, are one of the most frequently seen animals in Canyonlands. When not chasing flies or basking in the sun, they are often seen doing what appears to be push-ups. Scientists believe this and other behaviors signal dominance and facilitate courtship.