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Rocks of Ages: The Coolest Geological Hikes in the U.S.

Who says rocks have to be boring? You can hike and/or paddle to these 10 geological wonders.
By Katie Ewen.

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The Wave, Paria Canyon-Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness, AZ
The Wave offers a breathtaking cross-section of geologic history. Its rippling sandstone formations have been eroded by wind and water, and reveal the winds’ changing directions over time.  Seeing this natural wonder may take some serious planning, though: to protect the Wave, the Bureau of Land Management limits permits to just 20 visitors per day.




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