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

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    Recent rains have caused extensive damage to some roads in the Needles District and some of the roads into the Maze District. More »

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    Black bears have been seen in the Needles, Maze, and along the Colorado River. Be alert and store food and garbage properly: in hard-sided, latched containers (or your vehicle) when not being prepared or consumed. More »

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Mancos Shale

photo: Slopes of mancos shale
Slopes of mancos shale
 

This layer does not occur in Canyonlands, but may be seen north of the park as slopes below the Book Cliffs on Interstate 70 between Green River, UT and Grand Junction, CO.

Deposited:
Mid-Cretaceous (64 to 144 million years ago)

Depositional Environment:
Near-shore regimes (e.g. tidal flats)

Appearance:
Slope forming, gray shales

Example:
Floor of Cache Valley in Arches National Park

Did You Know?

Summer Monsoon

Much of canyon country's annual precipitation falls during summer monsoons. These dramatic storms often last less than twenty minutes but can cause powerful flash floods despite their brevity.