Canyonlands National Park Paradox Formation


Pennsylvanian Period (286 to 320 million years ago)

Depositional Environment

Evaporites (salts) from landlocked seas


Salt and Gypsum with black shales


The Paradox Formation has played a large role in shaping the landscape of southeast Utah, especially around Arches and Canyonlands. When conditions are right, the weight of overlying rock causes the deposits in the Paradox Formation to liquefy and flow through whatever channels offer the least resistance. This subsurface movement can have drastic effects on the surface, causing rock layers to uplift or sink and fracture under the stress. This sets the stage for the creation of arches, grabens, and needles.


Pockets are exposed along the Colorado River in Cataract Canyon.

Skiing is an art you work to perfect--you enjoy practicing the form of your carves and jump turns as you make your way...
Price subject to change | Available through
Currently Viewing Canyonlands National Park Paradox Formation
November's Featured Park
The North Cascades have long been known as the North American Alps. Characterized by rugged beauty, this steep mountain range is filled with jagged peaks, deep valleys, cascading waterfalls and glaciers. North Cascades National Park Service Complex contains the heart of this mountainous region in three park units which are all managed as one and include North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas.
November's Animal
Badgers are animals of open country. Their oval burrows (ten inches across and four to six inches high) are familiar features of grasslands on sandy or loamy soils of the eastern plains or shrub country in mountain parks or western valleys.
Currently Viewing Canyonlands National Park Paradox Formation