Wheeler Geologic Area known as “The City of Gnomes”

The Wheeler Geologic Area is a highly eroded outcropping of layers of volcanic ash, in the La Garita Mountains of Mineral County, in southern Colorado. The formations are named after Captain George M. Wheeler, who explored and surveyed this area in 1874 for the U.S. Army.

John Fowler from Placitas, NM, USA, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

en:User:G. Thomas, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

John Fowler from Placitas, NM, USA, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Brian W. Schaller, FAL, via Wikimedia Commons

4 thoughts on “Wheeler Geologic Area known as “The City of Gnomes”

  1. Specatular landscapes and great shots. I saw similar erosion effects in the Alps (France and Austria) In French they call them “Dames coiffées” (Ladies with a hairdress)

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