In June I had the incredible opportunity to raft the Yampa River in western Colorado and eastern Utah on a trip with ARTA guides and my amazing friend Kelley. My only job was to tell everyone about the awesome geology that we were floating through all week. My job was easy; the geology was spectacular. We spent much of the week floating through the Weber Sandstone, a thick quartz-rich eolian sandstone with meters-thick crossbeds that stands in tall vertical cliffs on either side of the canyon. We also dipped down into the red and lavender Morgan Formation that consists of marine sandstones and fossiliferous limestones. For a geologist who just spent the preceding years studying Precambrian rocks, fossils are pretty exciting. I got high scores on enthusiasm.
Too many words, here are the pictures: