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

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Wasatch/Claron Formation

photo: Bryce Canyon National Park
Claron Formation at Bryce Canyon National Park
 

This layer does not occur in Canyonlands, but is the uppermost riser of the so-called "Grand Staircase", forming the Pink Cliffs.

Deposited:
Early Tertiary Period (1.6 to 66 million years ago)

Depositional Environment:
Lakes and streams

Appearance:
Banded deposits of iron-rich sandstones and conglomerates

Examples:
Dominant rock formations at Bryce Canyon National Park

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.