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


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Moenkopi Formation

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

Triassic Period (208 to 245 million years ago)

Depositional Environment:
Tropical tidal flat

Dark red-brown, ledge-forming sandstones and siltstones

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

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