Castlegate Sandstone

Usage of Geologic Unit Name:
Castlegate Sandstone of Mesaverde Group (CO*,UT*)
Castlegate Sandstone (UT)
Castlegate Sandstone Member of Price River Formation of Mesaverde Group (UT)
Cretaceous, Late*
Campanian, late*
Geologic Province:
Uinta basin*
Paradox basin*
Piceance basin*
Green River basin*
Areal Extent:

Type Locality:
Not designated (Forrester, 1909).

Formation rank: Bluecastle Tongue (UT).

Unit Name History:
First used (Forrester, 1909). Assigned as basal member of Price River Formation of Mesaverde Group (Spieker and Reeside, 1925). Revised; Areal limits (Fisher, 1936). Raised rank to Castlegate Sandstone in central Book Cliffs (Cobban and Reeside, 1952). Revised to Castlegate Member, assigned as basal member to Farrer and Neslen facies of Price River Formation (Young, 1955). Overview (Fisher and others, 1960). Areal limits; Overview (Hail, 1974). Bluecastle Tongue assigned; Age modified; Areal limits (Fouch and others, 1983).


Forrester, J.B., 1909, A short comment on Bulletin 371 of the U.S. Geological Survey: Utah Academy of Sciences Transactions, v. 1, p. 24-31.

Spieker, E.M. and Reeside, J.B., Jr., 1925, Cretaceous and Tertiary formations of the Wasatch Plateau, Utah: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 36, no. 3, p. 435-454.

Fisher, L.W., 1936, Minerals in the Bates limestone, Lewiston, Maine: American Mineralogist, v. 21, no. 5, p. 321-326.

Cobban, W.A. and Reeside, J.B., Jr., 1952, Correlation of the Cretaceous formations of the Western Interior of the United States: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 63, no. 10, p. 1011-1043.

Young, R.G., 1955, Sedimentary facies and intertonguing in the Upper Cretaceous of the Book Cliffs, Utah-Colorado: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 66, no. 2, p. 177-202.

Fisher, D.J., Erdmann, C.E. and Reeside, J.B., Jr., 1960, Cretaceous and Tertiary formations of the Book Cliffs, Carbon, Emery, and Grand Counties, Utah, and Garfield and Mesa Counties, Colorado: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper, 332, 80 p.

Hail, W.J., Jr., 1974, Geologic map of the Rough Gulch quadrangle, Rio Blanco and Moffat Counties, Colorado: U.S. Geological Survey Geologic Quadrangle Map, GQ-1195, 1 sheet, scale 1:24,000.

Fouch, T.D., Lawton, T.F., Nichols, D.J., Cashion, W.B. and Cobban, W.A., 1983, Patterns and timing of synorogenic sedimentation in Upper Cretaceous rocks of central and northeast Utah, IN Reynolds, M.W., and Dolly, E.D., editors, Mesozoic paleogeography of the west-central United States: Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, Rocky Mountain Section, Rocky Mountain Paleogeography Symposium, v. 2, p. 305-336.

Miall, Andrew D; Arush, Mohamud, 2001, The Castlegate Sandstone of the Book Cliffs, Utah; sequence stratigraphy, paleogeography, and tectonic controls: Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 71, no. 4, pp.537-548.

Anonymous, 1991, Third day road log from Price to Grand Junction via Castle Gate, Indian Canyon, Utah Field House of Natural History State Park at Vernal, Utah, Dinosaur National Monument, and Douglas Creek: In, Guidebook for dinosaur quarries and tracksite tour, western Colorado and eastern Utah, Averett, Walter R., ed., Grand Junction Geological Society, Grand Junction, CO, 93 p.

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