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10.23.17

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  • Cliff jumping from Granite Point.- Breathtaking Cliffside Vistas
  • Granite Point on the Snake River.- Breathtaking Cliffside Vistas
  • Enjoying the views at the top of Echo Cliffs.- Breathtaking Cliffside Vistas
  • Echo Cliffs about halfway up the the trail.- Breathtaking Cliffside Vistas
  • With 150 rooms, Cliff Palace is the largest cliff dwelling in Mesa Verde.- Breathtaking Cliffside Vistas
  • The Puebloan people only lived in these cliff dwellings for about 100 years.- Breathtaking Cliffside Vistas
  • Thick fog settling in over the Cliffs of Moher.- Breathtaking Cliffside Vistas
  • Endless views of the coast of Ireland.- Breathtaking Cliffside Vistas
  • McWay Falls at Sunset, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.- Breathtaking Cliffside Vistas
  • View north from McWay Falls in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. - Breathtaking Cliffside Vistas
  • Entering the narrower sections of Coyote Gulch from Hole Rock Road.- Breathtaking Cliffside Vistas
  • Camping for the sunrise view at Reflection Canyon.- Breathtaking Cliffside Vistas
  • Part of Fifty Mile Canyon along Hole Rock Road.- Breathtaking Cliffside Vistas
  • Looking west toward Cedar City from Chessman Ridge Overlook.- Breathtaking Cliffside Vistas
  • Views from the Chessman Ridge Overlook.- Breathtaking Cliffside Vistas
  • Glaciers helped carve the steep slopes of the Bitterroot Mountains.- Breathtaking Cliffside Vistas
  • Top notch view of the Bear Creek drainage and Sky Pilot in the distance.- Breathtaking Cliffside Vistas
  • Wide open views abound from the Murphy Trail in Canyon Lands National Park- Breathtaking Cliffside Vistas
  • Wide open views abound from the Murphy Trail in Canyon Lands National Park.- Breathtaking Cliffside Vistas
  • An important notice is posted on a prominent sign...keep an eye out for these when exploring cliffs.- Breathtaking Cliffside Vistas
  • The Bookcliffs are named due to their resemblance to a row of books.- Breathtaking Cliffside Vistas
  • Bookcliff Shelter provides seats and shade for hikers along the Canyon Rim Trail.- Breathtaking Cliffside Vistas
  • House on Fire Ruin in Mule Canyon in Bears Ears National Monument.- Breathtaking Cliffside Vistas
  • Indian Creek Corridor and Abajo Mountains seen from Needles Overlook in Bears Ears National Monument.- Breathtaking Cliffside Vistas
  • Hatch Point and the Book Cliffs illuminated at sunset, seen from Needles Overlook in Bears Ears National Monument.- Breathtaking Cliffside Vistas
  • Needles Overlook beneath a sunset storm, Bears Ears National Monument.- Breathtaking Cliffside Vistas
  • Rainbow Falls surrounded by fall colors in Ausable Chasm.- Breathtaking Cliffside Vistas
  • Nearing the end of the float tour through Ausable Chasm.- Breathtaking Cliffside Vistas
  • Floating along the Ausable River on the raft ride.- Breathtaking Cliffside Vistas
  • Entering the Verimillion Cliffs National Monument.- Breathtaking Cliffside Vistas
  • Ice Cream Butte, White Pocket.- Breathtaking Cliffside Vistas
  • White Pocket.- Breathtaking Cliffside Vistas
  • Gooseneck in Natural Bridges National Monument.- Breathtaking Cliffside Vistas
  • Natural Bridges National Monument.- Breathtaking Cliffside Vistas
  • Light perfectly hitting Half Dome during sunset in Yosemite.- Breathtaking Cliffside Vistas
  • The iconic cliffs from Tunnel View in Yosemite.- Breathtaking Cliffside Vistas
  • South Rim, Yosemite.- Breathtaking Cliffside Vistas
  • The promontory of Taft Point with El Capitan's sheer face across Yosemite Valley.- Breathtaking Cliffside Vistas
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On your next hike or outdoor excursion, don’t forget to look up—or down. Cliffs great and small can lead to peril, but they also offer great beauty for any onlooker. Whether you are on the hunt for coastal bluffs, dramatic red rock canyon views, or high alpine steeps, cliffs are often legendary, scenic, and located in some of the most epic outdoor destinations.

"Cliff" is a somewhat ambiguous term, since it can describe anything from your favorite cliff jump at the local swimming hole to the jaw-dropping rock faces of Yosemite. In either case, cliffs make for great locations for a variety of outdoor sports in addition to sightseeing.

These vertical and exposed faces are usually formed by water, erosion, or some combination of the two. Glacial movements, rushing rivers, and the continuous pounding of the ocean’s waves are all likely causes of cliff formation. They provide fascinating insights into the geological history of the area, exposing rock, layers of sediment, and steep angles that drive adrenaline junkies crazy.

Cliffs are a great reminder to always check in with your surroundings and be aware of your footing on any outdoor excursion. Also proceed with caution if you are scrambling in loose scree below a cliff, especially if climbers or other triggers on the cliff can cause loose rocks or debris to fall on you.

Whether you are hiking around them, climbing up them, or jumping (safely) from them, cliffs are incredible landscape features that are awe-inspiring as well as fun to play on. Here are a few of our favorites: 

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