From towering hoodoos to offshore arches to gravity-defying pillars, rock formations make for some of the most iconic and legendary landscapes anywhere in the world. Outdoor destinations with interesting rock formations are otherworldly, interesting, and undeniably awe inspiring.
Not only is the geologic story behind each of these rock formations fascinating, they make the perfect backdrop for any outdoor adventure. Picture yourself gazing out over the horizon and seeing an incredibly unique rock formation silhouetted against the sky. Or clambering through dazzlingly red sandstone towers as you hike or climb a peak.
Rock formations have the unique ability to evoke a sense of exploration and wonder in the heart of the beholder. Do yourself a favor and go explore some as soon as possible.
Here in the U.S., millions flock to the high concentration of interesting rocks in the desert Southwest each year, although there are thousands of other destinations that are equally mind blowing throughout the rest of the country and the world. Rock climbers seek out these kinds of destinations, but so do hikers, mountain bikers, campers, and other types of outdoor adventurers.
There are fascinating rock formations in every corner of the world, and here are a few spectacular examples:
Southwest U.S. Region
Other U.S. Destinations
We believe good things come from people spending time outside. We strive to provide inspiration and supporting information on incredible adventures to make it easy for you to get outdoors and explore new places. We understand that life is busy, but we strongly encourage you to make time for outdoor recreation on a weekly, if not daily, basis. To keep you inspired all year, we've put together a list of 52 geologic features and adventure themes. Check them out and join us in our #52AdventureChallenge!