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Wingate Sandstone

Wingate sandstone
Wingate Sandstone
NPS photo by Neal Herbert
 

Deposited:
Early Jurassic (144 to 208 million years ago)

Depositional Environment:
Massive, wind-blown sand dunes (like the Sahara today)

Appearance:
Towering red cliffs and spires

Examples:
Tall cliffs and features like Candlestick Tower and Junction Butte at the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands

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

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...