Colorado August 31, 2017
7 Of The Strangest Rock Formations You’ll See In Colorado
When it comes to jaw-dropping and fascinating Colorado rock formations, there is plenty to go around! In fact, whether you are in Northern Colorado, the Western Slope, or somewhere along the southeast corner, you are sure to find one of these geologic wonders, including these 7 that look a little stranger than most:
1. Wheeler Geologic Area (Creede)
Located just northeast of Creede, the Wheeler Geologic Area is a series of highly eroded volcanic ash from an explosion nearly 25 millions years ago that spans an impressive 640 acres.
2. Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre (Morrison)
Built within a Fountain Formation of rock, Red Rocks continues to be a favorite spot for concert goers, yogis, and outdoor enthusiasts alike. (Trust us; after just one visit, you will be hooked, too!)
3. Royal Arch (Boulder)
Nestled away within Boulder’s Chautauqua Park lies the scenic Royal Arch Trail, which leads to this namesake 20-foot-tall sandstone rock formation that is estimated to have been created during an ancestral Rocky Mountain uplift some 300 million years ago.
4. Devil's Causeway (Yampa)
Explorer, beware: The views from the Devil's Causeway may be unlike anything you've ever seen, but the hike across the narrow ridge can be dangerous, so tread with caution.
5. Paint Mines Interpretive Park (Calhan)
For one colorful 3.6-mile hike, don't miss the jaw-dropping Paint Mines Trail, which features geological formations of hoodoos adorned in bright clays used by Native Americans some 9,000 years ago.
6. Garden of the Gods (Colorado Springs)
Quite possibly one of the most stunning of Colorado natural wonders is that of the Garden of the Gods; a 1,367-acre U.S. National Natural Landmark that houses iconic -- and sometimes downright crazy (like the pictured Kissing Camels) -- rock formations.
7. Lizard Head (San Miguel Mountains)
I will give you three guesses as to why this 13,119-foot-tall wonder was named "Lizard Head"...
To see even more of Colorado’s natural wonders, check out these 10 Amazing Natural Wonders Hiding In Plain Sight In Colorado — No Hiking Required.