So, why are the rocks red?
Abutting the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau, these landforms are red simply due to RUST.
Originating from the ancestral Rocky Mountains, a very thin layer of oxidized iron coats each grain of quartz sand in these
colorful sandstone formations surrounding Sedona
Courthouse Butte abuts the Colorado Plateau
Clouds over Cathedral Rock
Over time, Eye Candy becomes very sandy!
Just a very small amount of iron oxide can produce vivid colors in soils and
is the most common color, not all iron oxides are red.
Some are brown, yellow, black or even green - like some person's eyes.
Crumby and easily erodible, the formations you see here will eventually
to the sands of time.
... WHILE these blazing rock images may resemble FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN
rest assured they can SHATTER
like a fragile ... (yet beautiful) ... HEART OF GLASS
Bell Rock from the North
The Flying Buttress
Rust Never Sleeps...
"Where the vulture glides descending,
On an asphalt highway bending,
Through libraries and museums, galaxies and stars.
Down the windy halls of friendship,
To the rose clipped by the bullwhip;
The motel for lost companions,
Waits with heated pool and bar.
But me I'm not stopping there,
Got my own row left to hoe.
Just another line in the field of time ..."
(from Rust Never Sleeps
) - 1979
Juniper Woodland south of Sedona The stage is set for the formation of a natural arch near the Soldier Pass Trail.