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12 Most Breathtaking Rock Formations in America

Reader's Digest Logo By Jacqueline Kehoe of Reader's Digest | Slide 2 of 13: Forty thousand acres of orange-red Aztec sandstone give this hard-to-believe state park its name with a 150-million-year-old landscape that puts most parks of its class to shame. An easy day trip from Las Vegas, rock formations like Pink Canyon and the Beehives look like they've popped right out of Mars. This is Nevada's first and oldest state park for a reason. A 1.5-mile round-trip trek will take you out to the impossibly scenic Fire Wave, which is beautiful enough for your desktop's wallpaper. And the short-and-sweet Petroglyph Canyon Trail, which is under a mile, is lined with incredible Puebloan rock art—some of which is more than 2,000 years old. You can visit both Craters of the Moon and the Valley of Fire on a Route 93 border-to-border road trip.

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Forty thousand acres of orange-red Aztec sandstone give this hard-to-believe state park its name with a 150-million-year-old landscape that puts most parks of its class to shame. An easy day trip from Las Vegas, rock formations like Pink Canyon and the Beehives look like they've popped right out of Mars. This is Nevada's first and oldest state park for a reason.

A 1.5-mile round-trip trek will take you out to the impossibly scenic Fire Wave, which is beautiful enough for your desktop's wallpaper. And the short-and-sweet Petroglyph Canyon Trail, which is under a mile, is lined with incredible Puebloan rock art—some of which is more than 2,000 years old. You can visit both Craters of the Moon and the Valley of Fire on a Route 93 border-to-border road trip.

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