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Geological Marvels

The PalisadeColorado's public lands are home to a wide variety of stunning geological features. These include arches, pinnacles, hoodoos, windows, mesas, cliffs of layered sandstone, red-rock canyons and much more. Visitors throughout Colorado will find some of the most unique and magnificent landscapes in the country.

Featured Recreation Areas

Dolores River

Dolores River Recreation Area

Beginning high in the San Juan Mountains, the Dolores River cuts its way through rugged red-rock canyons and surrounding mesas. Bighorn sheep can be seen climbing through the geological formations of Dolores River Recreation Area.

Scenic red mesas

Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area

Located on the Uncompahgre Plateau, Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area is characterized by red-rock sandstone canyons complemented by cascading waterfalls. The rugged landscapes here provide thrilling opportunities for rock climbing and many other activities.

Geological formations

Gateway Area

The Gateway area features beautiful rivers and streams flowing through red-walled canyons, cliffs and plateaus. One of Colorado's most stunning geological features, a towering red-rock buttress called the Palisade, is located in this area. 

Mount Garfield

Grand Valley Area

An enormous flat-top mountain range called the Bookcliffs towers over the Grand Valley area. This is one of the longest continuous geological formations in the world. Mount Garfield is the most prominent feature within the chain.

Natural arch

McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area:
Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness

Landscapes of red-rock cliffs and canyons decorate McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area. In particular, the natural arches, spires and windows of Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness represent some of the most unique geology of this region.