Geologic Formations

Natural rock towers ("monoliths") like Independence Monument in early morning light, framed in green trees
Monoliths in early morning light

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Check out information about the different rock layers on display in our canyons and along Rim Rock Drive. Or, scroll down for some short videos about a few of our unique rock formations. Originally released for Earth Science Week 2021, this five-video mini-series might just rock your world. Each one-minute video highlights a unique feature of Colorado National Monument and offers thoughtful reflection on our outstanding geology.

Independence Monument

The first video of our 5-part mini-series explores one of the most iconic rock features of Colorado National Monument. What can we learn about togetherness from this solitary rock formation?

 
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Duration:
52.6 seconds

What can we learn about togetherness from this solitary rock formation?

 

Fruita Monocline

Video two of our 5-part mini-series reveals a secret hiding in Fruita Canyon near the west entrance of Colorado National Monument. What’s a monocline, and how does it relate to handling stress?

 
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Duration:
58.8 seconds

What's a monocline, and how does it relate to handling stress?

 

Precambrian Rock

Video three of our 5-part mini-series digs into the basement rock that underlies all the canyons of Colorado National Monument. What can our oldest rock layer teach us about resilience?

 
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Duration:
57.933 seconds

What can Colorado National Monument's oldest rock layer teach us about resilience?

 

Wingate Sandstone

Video four of our 5-part mini-series investigates the most visible rock layers of Colorado National Monument. What will three rock layers reveal to us about weathering life's storms?

 
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Duration:
57.2 seconds

What can three rock layers reveal to us about weathering life's storms?

 

Redlands Fault

The final video of our 5-part mini-series uncovers the landscape changes that are a permanent part of Colorado National Monument. What’s the connection between uplift, increasing temperatures, and taking care of our friends?

 
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Duration:
59 seconds

What’s the connection between uplift, increasing temperatures, and taking care of our friends?

 

If you'd like more information about the rock layers of the Monument (741KB PDF), let us know by stopping by the visitor center, sending us an email, giving us a call, or even mailing a letter!

Last updated: May 4, 2022

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