Wooden Shoe Arch

About 300 millions year ago, the whole area was flooded by an inland sea. As the water evaporated, it left behind a great salt basin into which many layers of sediments were deposited. Later on, these sediments were transformed into the red and white sandstone of the Cedar Mesa formation. The salt buried under the sediments flows under pressure and is dissolved by ground water – it shifted constantly under the sandstone and caused it to fracture. Weathering along the fractures carved Wooden Shoe Arch as well as other arches, spires, knobs, and fins visible today.

Directions

Starting at the Needles visitor center, continue on 211 for about 2 miles and the overlook will be to your left.

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