Mother Nature truly amazes me sometimes. The other day I stumbled across a picture of a mountain, one side of this mountain had a rock-face that had been delicately sculpted by the wind and rain over millions of years to form what could be described as the perfect art form.
My curiosity was sparked so off I went in search of more of these natural rock masterpieces. Low and behold after hours of searching I discovered a plethora of these majestic forms.
I decided to put this post together to share my discoveries and piece together what is hopefully the most comprehensive list of incredible rock formations out there.
As with anything of this scale there is no such thing as a complete list. I purposely stopped at 101 simply because the images would take too long to load if I added any more (plus it sounded like a cool number)……. I still have a lot more on my list though.
1. Danxia Landform
These formations of different colored sandstone were shaped after thousands of years of rain and wind, and the region has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2010.
2. Uluru/Ayers Rock
Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock is a large sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory in central Australia. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Preikestolen is a massive cliff in Forsand, Ryfylke, Norway. Each year it is visited by between 150,000 and 200,000 people, making it one of the most visited natural tourist attractions in Norway.
Cappadocia lies in eastern Anatolia, in the center of Turkey. The relief consists of a high plateau pierced by volcanic peaks.
5. Antelope Canyon
Antelope Canyon is the most visited and photographed slot canyon in the American Southwest. It is located on Navajo land near Page, Arizona.
6. Torres del Paine
The Torres del Paine (Spanish for “Towers of Paine”) is a National Park in Patagonian Chile famously known for three immense rock towers give the park its name.
7. Giant’s Causeway
The Giant’s Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. It is located on the northeast coast of Northern Ireland, about three miles (4.8 km) northeast of the town of Bushmills.
8. Moeraki Boulders
The Moeraki Boulders are unusually large and spherical boulders lying along a stretch of Koekohe Beach between Moeraki and Hampden in New Zealand.
9. Kyaiktiyo Pagoda
Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, also known as Golden Rock, is a well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site in Mon State, Myanmar. According to legend, the Golden Rock itself is precariously perched on a strand of the Buddha’s hair.
10. Half Dome
Half Dome is a granite dome in Yosemite National Park, located in northeastern Mariposa County, California. It is possibly Yosemite’s most familiar rock formation.
11. Ko Tapu
Ko Tapu is a tall islet which is a part of Ao Phang Nga National Park in southern Thailand. In 1974 Ko Tapu was shown in the James Bond movie – “The Man with the Golden Gun”, since it is also known as James Bond Island.
12. Zuma Rock
Zuma Rock is a large monolith located in Niger State, Nigeria. It is immediately north of Nigeria’s capital Abuja, along the main road from Abuja to Kaduna, and is sometimes referred to as “Gateway to Abuja”.
Savandurga is a hill 60 km west of Bangalore (Karnataka) off the Magadi road in India. The hill is considered to be among the largest monolith hills in Asia.
14. Sugarloaf Mountain
Sugarloaf Mountain is a peak situated in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at the mouth of Guanabara Bay on a peninsula that sticks out into the Atlantic Ocean.
15. El Peñón de Guatapé
El Peñón de Guatapé is a monolithic formation located at the town and municipality of Guatapé (86 km northeast of Medellín or 2 hours by bus) in Antioquia, Colombia.
16. Stawamus Chief
The Stawamus Chief (often referred to as simply The Chief) is a granite dome located adjacent to the town of Squamish, British Columbia.
17. Tanah Lot
Tanah Lot is a rock formation off the Indonesian island of Bali. It is the home of a pilgrimage temple, the Pura Tanah Lot and a popular tourist attraction.
Hvítserkur is a 15 meter high basalt rock formation located by the eastern shore of Vatnsnes in Iceland.
19. Wadi Rum
Wadi Rum, also known as The Valley of the Moon is a valley cut into the sandstone and granite rock in southern Jordan to the east of Aqaba. It is the largest wadi in Jordan.
20. Peñón de Ifach
The Peñón de Ifach is a massive limestone outcrop emerging from the sea in Calp, (near Valencia) Spain. It linked to the shore by rock debris and a nesting site for colonies of sea birds and other birds.
21. Árbol de Piedra
Árbol de Piedra “Stone Tree” is an isolated rock formation in the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve of Sur Lípez Province, Bolivia.
22. El Capitan
El Capitan is a vertical rock formation in Yosemite National Park, located on the north side of Yosemite Valley, near its western end. The granite monolith extends about 3,000 feet (900 m) from base to summit along its tallest face and is one of the world’s favorite challenges for rock climbers and BASE jumpers.
23. Mother and Child Balancing Rocks
The impressive Balancing Rock formation in the Motabo Hills, Zimbabwe resemble a ”Mother and her Child”.
24. Monument Rocks
Monument Rocks are a series of large chalk formations in Gove County, Kansas, rich in fossils. It is a National Natural Landmark.
25. Turtle Rock
Turtle Rock is a famous rock formation in the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park in Mongolia. It is popular with tourist and especially rock climbers.
26. White Desert
The White Desert of Egypt is located north of the town of Farafra. The desert has a white, cream color and has massive chalk rock formations that have been created as a result of the occasional sandstorm in the area.
27. Roque de Agando
Roque de Agando is a prominent rock formation on the island of La Gomera in the Canary Islands. It is one of La Gomera’s most striking features and is frequently used as a symbol for the island.
28. Tsingy Rouge
The Tsingy Rouge (Red Tsingy) is a stone formation of red laterite formed by erosion.It is situated approximately 60 km south of Antsiranana near the town of Sadjoavato in northern Madagascar.
29. Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon is not a canyon but a collection of giant natural amphitheaters in southwestern Utah in the United States. Bryce is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos, formed by frost weathering and stream erosion of the river and lake bed sedimentary rocks.
Sigiriya (also known as Lion Rock) is located in the central Matale District of the Central Province, Sri Lanka in an area dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 meters high.
31. Yehliu Geopark
Yeliu Geopark is on the cape of the town of Wanli, New Taipei, Taiwan. Known by geologists as the Yeliu Promontory, forms part of the Daliao Miocene Formation. A number of rock formations have been given imaginative names based on their shapes.
32. Wave Rock
Wave Rock is a natural rock formation that is shaped like a tall breaking ocean wave. It forms the north side of a solitary hill, which is known as “Hyden Rock.” This hill, which is a granite inselberg, lies about 3 km (2 mi) east of the small town of Hyden and 296 km (184 mi) east-southeast of Perth, Western Australia.
33. Brimham Rocks (Idol Rock)
Brimham Rocks are balancing rock formations on Brimham Moor in North Yorkshire, England. The most well-known rock formation being Idol Rock (pictured).
34. Devils Marbles
The Devils Marble’s are located south of Tennant Creek area of Northern Territory in Australia. Karlu Karlu as they were originally known are of great cultural and spiritual significance to local Aboriginal people and is one of the oldest religious sites in the world.