Providence Canyon is also known as the “The Little Grand Canyon” for its colorful ravines and towering pinnacles of sandstone. The path on the floor of the canyons follow wet sandy stream beds which wind through the vibrant orange, white, pink and purple sand stone walls.
Fragile layers of sandstone form the walls and water carved out these chasms in the early 1800s as a result of poor farming practices. Over several centuries, these walls have been eroded grain by grain. Sand flows continuously downstream, creating the awe-inspiring rock formations and deep gullies.
The park lies on marine sediment and the exposed sandstone dates to nearly 70 million years ago! The deposits of minerals give the canyons their rich color.