In April, despite the high winds, I was fortunate enough to spend a couple of days with the local landowners exploring parcels in the expansion area of Petrified Forest National Park. These sites are a continuation of the area in the park locally known as the "Devils Playground", named by paleontologist Charles L. Camp in the early 1920s.
|Incredible clast supported conglomerate in the upper Brown Sandstone (Sonsela Member, Chinle Formation), a rare facies for this unit but one that clearly shows deposition in good sized channels.|
|Isolated mesa and one of Charles Camp's documented fossil localities. These strata represent belong to the upper part of the Sonsela Member.|
|In-situ phytosaur snout fragment found by one of the local landowners.|
|The 'persistent red silcrete' horizon and upper Sonsela strata near the Devil's Playground.|