• 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.

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?

Collared Lizard

Lizards, including the colorful collared lizard, are one of the most frequently seen animals in Canyonlands. When not chasing flies or basking in the sun, they are often seen doing what appears to be push-ups. Scientists believe this and other behaviors signal dominance and facilitate courtship.