Fantasy Canyon is an erosion feature set in an ancient lake bed in the Uinta Basin. The erosion of the softer shale left behind the harder sandstone to produce the very fine features observed in this little canyon.
The shale deposits are also rich in oil, natural gas, and other hydrocarbon deposits. Not far from the site of this photo you can find a long vein of black crystals called Gilsonite, a form of natural asphalt.
Utah is a state located in the westcentral region of the United States of America. Utah is the 13th largest state by area, ranks 34th by population and 10th by population density of the 50 United States. Utah was the 45th state to be admitted into the Union, on January 4, 1896. Utah is landlocked, being bordered by the states of Idaho to the north, Wyoming to the northeast, Nevada on the west, Colorado on the east and Arizona to the south. Utah is very mountainous and is a popular outing destination of the outdoorsman. The state population is about 2.82M with 95% being Caucasian, 2.4% Asian, 1.7% Native American and 1.3% Black. The state capital and largest city is Salt Lake City.Source: wikipedia