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Jill Sanford | 10.02.2017

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:


  • Hvitserkur rock formation in northwest Iceland​

Southwest U.S. Region

Other U.S. Destinations


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