• 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

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Upheaval Dome

Upheaval Dome contains rock layers unlike any in the surrounding area. Scientists still debate whether this oddity is the remnant of a meteorite impact or a salt dome. More...