The high desert of the Colorado Plateau, where Arizona, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico meet, is a visual smorgasbord for anyone who enjoys raw, rugged western landscapes. Over millions of years, the water and wind eroded the layered stone into mountains, mesas, and canyons. The towering basalt cliffs are a testament to the volcanoes that buried the region in layers of lava and volcanic ash. The abundance of sandstone is a testament to an ancient sea that covered the region.
Towering red spires rise from the earth like stone sentinels, isolated from the surrounding mesas over millions of years by the forces of nature. The Chuska Mountains are part of the Navajo Nation, inaccessible without permits. However, there are two impressive sandstone spires readily visible from a quick side trip off IR-12.