#mypubliclandsroadtrip 2016 WEEK 1: Places That Rock

Explore Your Lands

The Bureau of Land Management's #mypubliclandsroadtrip 2016 explores the diverse landscapes and resources on your public lands, from great camping sites to cool rock formations to ghost towns. Roadtrip Week 1, Places That Rock: #mypubliclandsroadtrip explores BLM-managed lands for some of the most unique geological processes and formations that you can visit.

Volcanoes and Volcanic Activity

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks

The Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument in New Mexico is a remarkable outdoor laboratory, offering an opportunity to study and experience the geologic processes that shape natural landscapes. The cone-shaped tent rock formations are the products of volcanic eruptions that occurred 6 to 7 million years ago, and left pumice, ash, and tuff deposits over 1,000 feet thick.

The cone-shaped tent rock formations are the products of volcanic eruptions that occurred 6 to 7 million years ago, and left pumice, ash and tuff deposits.

Table Rocks

About 7 million years ago, a shield volcano erupted a lava flow approximately 44 miles long and spread out over the entire valley. This mass of lava caused the valley floor to rise in elevation to the height of the top of Table Rocks in Southwestern Oregon.

The Table Rocks area includes a wildflower display of over 75 species, including the dwarf wooly meadowfoam which grows nowhere else on Earth.

Cabezon Peak Wilderness Study Area

Cabezon Peak’s dramatic volcanic formation is one of the most well-known landmarks in northwest New Mexico. With an elevation of 7,785 feet, the Peak is part of the Mount Taylor volcanic field.

Volcanic Tablelands

The Volcanic Tablelands in California was formed over 700,000 years ago by materials spewing from the Long Valley Caldera. The rugged terrain and interesting geologic formations make for great recreation. Photos by BLM California.

Valley of Fires

Valley of Fires Recreation Area is located immediately adjacent to the Malpais Lava Flow. Approximately 5,000 years ago, Little Black Peak erupted and flowed 44 miles into the Tularosa Basin, filling it with molten rock. Photos by BLM New Mexico.

The fully ADA-accessible Malpais Nature Trail with interpretive displays starts at the group shelter and leads the visitor into the lava flow.

Cool Caves

Craters of the Moon

Managed jointly by the BLM and National Park Service, Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho is a uniquely preserved volcanic landscape whose central focus is the Great Rift, a 62-mile long crack in the Earth’s crust.

Cinder coves, lava tubes, deep cracks and vast lava fields form a strangely beautiful volcanic sea with valuable underlying cave resources.

Redmond Caves

The Redmond Caves in Oregon were formed by volcanic flows of molten lava from the Newberry Caldera over the past 2 million years. There are five caves within the city limits of Redmond, part of a larger subterranean network. Photos by BLM Oregon.

Bloomington Cave

The Bloomington Cave – a large tectonic cave – sits east of the limestone Beaver Dam Mountains in Utah. The six levels of the cave include a maze of narrow passages with steep floors. Photo by Charlie Kessner via sharetheexperience.org.

One-of-a-Kind Formations

Sukakpak Mountain

Sukakpak Mountain is one of the most visually stunning areas on ‪‎BLM‬‬-managed public lands along the Dalton Highway in northern ‪Alaska‬‬. The massive wall of Skajit Limestone rises to 4,459 feet and glows in the afternoon sun.

Trona Pinnacles

This landscape consists of more than 500 tufa (calcium carbonate) pinnacles rising from the bed of the Searles Dry Lake basin in California. These tufa spires were formed underwater, from 10,000 to 100,000 years ago.

Ringing Rocks

This gigantic pile of boulders in Montana make distinct musical chimes when hit with hammers. It is believed that the composition of the rocks and how the pile has eroded may contribute to this unique quality. Media by Alyse Backus, BLM.

Aravaipa Canyon

The Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness in Arizona includes the Aravaipa Canyon, surrounding tablelands and nine side canyons. Within the colorful canyon walls, desert bighorn sheep and over 200 species of birds live along the Aravaipa Creek.

Alcova Fossil ACEC

Just outside of Casper, Wyoming, visitors can explore the 6,000 acre Alcova Fossil Area of Critical Environmental Concern. This area is one of only four in the world where the uplifts contain fossilized pterosaur trackways. Photos by BLM Wyoming.

Little City of Rocks

The spectacular scenery at Little City of Rocks in Idaho provides a great setting for recreation. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife such as deer, elk and antelope as well as for petroglyphs that cover several rock faces. Photos by BLM Idaho.

Vermilion Cliffs

Located on the Colorado Plateau in northern Arizona, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument includes the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness.

The wilderness includes Coyote Buttes and The Wave, an international hiking location known for its colorful swirling cross-bedded sandstone.

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