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

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Entrada Formation

Entrada sandstone in Arches National Park
The Entrada Formation in Arches National Park
NPS Photo by Neal Herbert
 

This layer does not occur in Canyonlands, but is dramatically visible throughout Arches National Park.

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

Depositional Environment:
Windblown sand dunes

Appearance:
Red, cross-bedded, arch-forming sandstone

Example:
Monitor and Merrimac buttes along Highway 313 to the Island in the Sky

Did You Know?

Biological Soil Crust

The dirt is alive! A living crust called "Biological Soil Crust" covers much of Canyonlands and the surrounding area. Composed of algae, lichens and bacteria, this crust provides a secure foundation for desert plants. Please stay on roads and trails to avoid trampling this important resource. More...