Cedar Mesa Sandstone

Cedar Mesa Sandstone
Spires of Cedar Mesa Sandstone in Chesler Park (Needles District)



Permian Period (245 to 286 million years ago)

Depositional Environment:
Near-shore sand dunes intermingling with periodic floods that brought dark red sediments from the ancient Uncompahgre Mountains

Red and white layered sandstones forming cliffs, domes and spires

Spires and canyons in the Needles and Maze Districts of Canyonlands

Rock Strata
Layer Above: Organ Rock Shale, part of Culter Group Undivided
Current Layer: Cedar Mesa Sandstone, part of Cutler Group Undivided
Layer Below: Halgaito Shale / Lower Cutler Formation, part of Cutler Group Undivided

Last updated: December 14, 2015

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