Stratigraphy of the Zion National Park

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Zion National Park Stratigraphy
Zion National Park

Click here to see a geologic image tour of Zion National Park. Website images include both recent photographs and historic images taken during the Powell Survey (1872-1873). Website images consist of both standard photograph and 3D views (as anaglyphs - requiring red-and-cyan 3D viewing glasses).

This view is looking west up the valley of the Virgin River toward the high cliffs of Navajo Sandstone and other rock units that form the canyon walls in Zion National Park.

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To learn more about Zion National Park check out the National Park Service website at:

Generalized stratigraphy after: Biek, R. F., Willis, G. C., Hylland, M. D., and Doelling, H. H., 2000, Geology of Zion National Park: In Geology of Utah's Parks and Monuments, Sprinkel, D.A., Chidsey, T. C., and Anderson, P. B., editors, Utah Geological Association Publication 28.,p. 107-138.

See also:

Hintze, L. F., 1988, Geologic History of Utah; A Field Guide to Utah's Rocks: Brigham Young University Geology Studies Special Publication 7, p. 193 [chart 96].

Stratigraphic unit information is modified from the USGS GeoLex (Lexicon of Geology):

Information about the Geologic Time Scale is available at:

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Last modified: 1/7/2011
Dakota Carmel Paria Crystal Co-op Sinwava Temple Cap Kayenta Tenney Canyon Lamb Point Moenave Springdale Dinosaur Canyon Kayenta Navajo Chinle Petrified Forest Whitmore Point Shinarump Moenkopi Shnabkalb Middle Red Virgin Timpoweap Rock Canyon Harrisburg Fossil Mountain Kaibab Toroweap Brady Canyon Woods Ranch