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


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Mesa Verde Group

Book Cliffs
Book Cliffs

This layer does not occur in Canyonlands, but may be seen while driving Interstate 70 north of the park.

Late Cretaceous (64 to 144 million years ago)

Depositional Environment:
Lagoons, bays, other near-shore regimes

Cliff forming, gray-brown layered sandstones

Book Cliffs north of I-70 between Grand Junction, CO and Green River, UT

The Mesa Verde Group contains bituminous coal which is mined around Price, UT.

Did You Know?

Tadpole Shrimp

Naturally occurring sandstone basins called “potholes” collect rain water and wind-blown sediment, forming tiny ecosystems where a fascinating collection of plants and animals live. Tadpole shrimp, fairy shrimp and many insects can be found in potholes. More...