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

    Canyonlands

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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.

Deposited:
Late Cretaceous (64 to 144 million years ago)

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

Appearance:
Cliff forming, gray-brown layered sandstones

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

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

Did You Know?

Tadpole Shrimp

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