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

    Canyonlands

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Moenkopi Formation

Balanced rock in the Moenkopi Formation.
Balanced rock in the Moenkopi Formation
NPS photo by Neal Herbert
 

Deposited:
Triassic Period (208 to 245 million years ago)

Depositional Environment:
Tropical tidal flat

Appearance:
Dark red-brown, ledge-forming sandstones and siltstones

Example:
Irregular slopes with ledges just above the White Rim Road at the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands

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.