• 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?

Pinyon Pine

Pinyon pines do not produce pine nuts every year. These delicious nuts can only be harvested every three to seven years. This irregular schedule prevents animals from adapting to an abundance of pine nuts and guarantees that at least some nuts will become new pine trees instead of a quick meal. More...