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


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Dakota Sandstone

photo: pothole in Dakota sandstone
Weathered pothole in Dakota Sandstone at Hovenweep National Monument
NPS Photo

This layer does not occur in Canyonlands, but may be seen in some areas of Arches National Park and around Hovenweep National Monument.

Early- to mid-Cretaceous (64 to 144 million years ago)

Depositional Environment:
Varid from alluvial fans in the south to more marine environments in the north (Book Cliffs).

Brown, cross-bedded sandstone

The mesa tops east of Monticello on U.S. Highway 491

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.