Canyonlands National Park Dakota Sandstone

This layer does not occur in Canyonlands.


Early- to mid-Cretaceous (64 to 144 million years ago)

Depositional Environment

Varid from alluvial fans in the south to more marine environments in the north (Book Cliffs).


Brown, cross-bedded sandstone


Visible in some areas of Arches National Park . Forms the mesa tops along Highway 666 east of Monticello and around Hovenweep National Monument.

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