• 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?

Biological Soil Crust

The dirt is alive! A living crust called "Biological Soil Crust" covers much of Canyonlands and the surrounding area. Composed of algae, lichens and bacteria, this crust provides a secure foundation for desert plants. Please stay on roads and trails to avoid trampling this important resource. More...