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Navajo Sandstone

Navajo Sandstone
Navajo Sandstone
NPS Photo by Neal Herbert
 

Deposited:
Mid-Jurassic (144 to 208 million years ago)

Depositional Environment:
Massive, wind-blown sand dunes

Appearance:
Light-colored (white to tan), heavily cross-bedded cliffs and domes

Examples:
Navajo Sandstone is the youngest, dominant rock layer in Canyonlands. This layer forms buttes along the scenic drive in the Island in the Sky District, as well as the cliff walls of upper Horseshoe Canyon (around the Great Gallery). Much of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Zion National Park and the Petrified dunes in Arches National Park are also Navajo Sandstone.

Notes:
Dinosaur tracks sometimes appear in the Navajo. Navajo Sandstone is a member of the Glen Canyon Group which also includes Kayenta and Wingate and is the primary aquifer in the Moab area.

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.