• 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.

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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...