Muddy Mountains, Nevada
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Muddy Mountains, Nevada

March 1, 2004 | Text And Photography By Alan Martz

The Muddy Mountains are located northeast of Las Vegas and include Valley of Fire State Park, well known for its colorful vistas. But the Muddies continue south of the park to the lesser known Buffington Pockets, which feature many of the same sandstone formations. The colorful layers and surprising textures and forms are found in the outcroppings of Aztec Sandstone, some of which have been quarried for decorative rock. This slick-rock country includes white domes, and red, orange and white "rainbow"-layered rock that are in sharp contrast to the towering dark gray cliffs to the east.

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Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, Texas
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Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, Texas

January 1, 2004 | Text And Photography By Erik Aagaard
Enchanted Rock is an enormous, 640-acre pink granite dome located between Llano and Fredericksburg in the Hill Country of central Texas, about 90 miles north of San Antonio. It’s part of the Llano Uplift, a large region of granite bedrock that rises out of the surrounding limestone. Over the last several million years, erosion has exposed this 425-foot-high, billion-year-old dome and its smaller sister domes.
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