Sandstone

Nevada State Rock

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Sandstone rocks in Valley of Fire, Nevada

Sandstone rocks at Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada; photo by Andy Price on Flickr  (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Sandstone

Nevada designated sandstone as the official state rock in 1987, a result of the efforts of children from Gene Ward Elementary School in Las Vegas. Sandstone provides some of Nevada's most spectacular scenery - it is found throughout the state of Nevada in areas like the Valley of Fire State Park and Red Rock Canyon Recreational Lands. 

The forces of nature that formed these visual displays have taken millions of years to create. The sandstone is 180 to 190 million years old; comprised of lithified sand dunes of the Jurassic period. 

The Nevada state capital building is made of sandstone, as was the former United States Mint.

Nevada

Images

Sandstone - Arch Rock in Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada; photo by memories_by_mike on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works).

Sandstone arch in Valley of Fire, Nevada

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in Nevada; photo by iwona_kellie on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Sandstone in Red Rock Canyon, Nevada

Videos

2011-27 Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada