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Cutler Undivided

photo: Fisher Towers
Fisher Towers near Moab, Utah
 

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

Depositional Environment:
Alluvial fans and rivers from the ancient Uncompaghre Mountains (also called the ancestral Rockies)

Appearance:
Irregular layer of dark red, lumpy sandstones, mudstones and conglomerates

Examples:
Fisher Towers along Highway 128 (northeast of Moab)

Note:
The Cutler Undivided begins west of the Uncompaghre Plateau along the Utah-Colorado border. Differentiated elements of the Cutler Group begin to appear along the eastern boundary of Canyonlands National Park.

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.