National Geologic Map Database

Geologic Unit: Mesaverde


Mesaverde Group (AZ*,CO*,ID*,NM*,UT*,WY*)
Mesaverde Formation (AZ*,CO*,ID*,MT*,NM*,UT*,WY*)


GROUP STATUS (alphabetical): Allen Ridge formation (WY*), Almond Formation (CO,WY*), Asphalt Ridge Sandstone (UT), Blackhawk Formation (UT*), Blair Formation (UT*,WY*), Castlegate Sandstone (CO*,UT*), Cliff House Sandstone (CO*,NM*), Crevasse Canyon Formation (AZ,NM), Ericson Formation (UT*,WY*) or Ericson Sandstone (CO*,UT*,WY*), Farrer Formation (UT*), Gallup Sandstone (AZ,CO,NM), Haystack Mountains Formation (WY*), Iles Formation (CO*,UT), Hunter Canyon Formation (CO*), La Cruz Peak Formation (NM), Menefee Formation (CO*,NM*), Mount Garfield Formation (CO*), Neslen Formation (CO*,UT*), Pine Ridge Sandstone (WY*), Point Lookout Sandstone (CO*,NM*), Price River Formation (UT*), Rim Rock Sandstone (CO,UT), Rock River Formation (WY*), Rock Springs Formation (UT*,WY*), Rough Rock Sandstone (AZ*), Sego Sandstone (CO*,UT*), Star Point Sandstone (UT*), Tohachi Formation (AZ*,NM*), Toreva Formation (AZ*), Tuscher Formation (UT*), Twentymile Sandstone (CO), Wepo Formation (AZ*), Williams Fork Formation (CO*,UT), Yale Point Sandstone (AZ*).

FORMATION STATUS (alphabetical): Allison Member (NM), Ardmore Bentonite Beds (WY*), Ash Canyon Member (NM), Atarque Member (NM), Bartlett Member (NM), Bowie Shale Member (CO*), Cano Member (NM), Cozzette Member (CO,UT), Dilco Coal Member (NM*), Fales Sandstone Member (WY*), Gibson Coal Member (NM), Ohio Creek Member (CO*), Paonia Shale Member (CO*), Parkman Sandstone Member (MT*,WY*), Pumpkin Buttes Member (WY), Rollins Sandstone Member (CO*), Teapot Sandstone Member (MT*,WY*), Tow Creek Sandstone Member (CO), Wallace Creek Member (WY) or Wallace Creek Tongue (WY).

Geologic age:

Late Cretaceous (Santonian to Campanian)*

Type section, locality, area and/or origin of name:

[Named from exposures on and near Mesa Verde, southwestern CO.]

AAPG geologic province:

Yellowstone province*
Orogrande basin*
San Juan basin*
Wind River basin*
Paradox basin*
Green River basin*
Bighorn basin*
Black Mesa basin*
Powder River basin*
Piceance basin*
Uinta basin*
Eagle basin

For more information, please contact Nancy Stamm, Geologic Names Committee Secretary.

Asterisk (*) indicates published by U.S. Geological Survey authors.

"No current usage" (†) implies that a name has been abandoned or has fallen into disuse. Former usage and, if known, replacement name given in parentheses ( ).

Slash (/) indicates name does not conform with nomenclatural guidelines (CSN, 1933; ACSN, 1961, 1970; NACSN, 1983, 2005). This may be explained within brackets ([ ]).