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Honaker Trail Formation

Honaker Trail Formation
The Honaker Trail Formation along the Big Drop Rapids in Cataract Canyon
NPS Photo by Neal Herbert
 

Deposited:
Pennsylvanian Period (286 to 320 million years ago)

Depositional Environment:
Shallow seas

Appearance:
Dark gray limestones with fossils forming rugged slopes and ledges

Examples:
Along the Colorado River in Cataract Canyon. The Honaker Trail is also visible along the Moab Fault in Arches National Park.

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