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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?

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...