Dakota Sandstone

photo: pothole in Dakota sandstone
Weathered pothole in Dakota Sandstone at Hovenweep National Monument

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This layer does not occur in Canyonlands, but may be seen in some areas of Arches National Park and around Hovenweep National Monument.

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

The mesa tops east of Monticello on U.S. Highway 491

Rock Strata
Layer Above: Mancos Shale
Current Layer: Dakota Sandstone
Layer Below: Burro Canyon / Cedar Mountain Formation

Last updated: December 14, 2015

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