Cañon City Embayment

Cañon City lies within an embayment between two Laramide uplifts, the Front Range and the Wet Mountains, and these structures are spectacularly displayed within the area. The embayment is “a structural reentrant on the southwest side of the Denver Basin. It is a graben through much of its extent. The down-dropped blocks are synclinally folded, affording the geologist a three-dimensional view of much of the sedimentary rock column.” (Gerhard, 1968)

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