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Paradox Valley, Colorado; A collapsed salt anticline

William L. Chenoweth
William L. Chenoweth
Consulting Geologist Grand Junction
Colorado 81506
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January 01, 1987


Paradox Valley is located in west-central Colorado, in western Montrose County (Fig. 1). The valley is approximately 23 mi (37 km) long and averages 3 mi (5 km) in width. It occupies a large part of T.46N., R.17W.;T.47N., R.18 and 19W.; and T.48N., R. 19W. Colorado 90 traverses the valley for nearly its full length. This highway begins at Vancorum, which is on Colorado 141 about 2 mi (3 km) west of Naturita, Colorado. Naturita, the largest settlement in the area, is about 100 mi ( 161 km) south of Grand Junction, Colorado, on Colorado 141. After leaving the northwest end of Par Utah. Paradox and Bedrock, Colorado, are the only settlements in the valley.

County roads (marked with signs) provide access to the rims of the valley as well as the canyon of the Dolores River on both sides of the valley. Molenaar and others (1981, p. 7–9) give a detailed road log of the valley.

The majority of land in the Paradox Valley area is in the public domain, administered by the Bureau of Land Management. West oprivate land, owned by ranchers in Paradox. About 15 percent of the valley floor east of the river is privately owned. The vallems are all public domain, with the exception of numerous patented mining claims.

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DNAG, Centennial Field Guides

Rocky Mountain Section of the Geological Society of America

Stanley S. Beus
Stanley S. Beus
Department of Geology Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, Arizona 86001
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Geological Society of America
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January 01, 1987




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