rhyolite mountains

Landmannalaugar is known for its natural geothermal hot springs and stunning surrounding landscape. Having the active volcano, Hekla, in its neighborhood makes it one of Iceland’s most unique destinations.

The area displays a number of unusual geological elements, like the multicolored rhyolite mountains, expansive lava fields and hot springs
It´s a must see for all who truly appreciate the beauty of nature.

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Organ Mountains featured by the Los Angeles Times: “Walk in the footsteps of Billy the Kid and Apollo astronauts at this national monument in New Mexico”

Michael Mello of the Los Angeles Times shared, “As you drive through this crossroads of the Southwest, it’s difficult not to notice the sawtooth-ridged mountains bracketing the city to the east. Known as the Organ Mountains, these rhyolite and andesite peaks emboss New Mexico’s southern basin and range area. The mountains love to show off in the evening, reflecting the orange hues of the setting sun.” Read the full article HERE.

The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument was established on May 21, 2014, by Presidential Proclamation, and is a part of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands. The National Monument - a total of 496,330 acres - includes four distinct areas with a wide variety of recreation opportunities: the Organ Mountains, Desert Peaks, Potrillo Mountains, and Doña Ana Mountains.

The Organ Mountains range from 4,600 to just over 9,000 feet, and are so named because of the steep, needle-like spires that resemble the pipes of an organ. Alligator juniper, gray oak, mountain mahogany and sotol are the dominant plant species here, but in the upper elevations stands of ponderosa pine may be found. Seasonal springs and streams occur in canyon bottoms, with a few perennial springs that support riparian habitats. Wildlife includes desert mule deer, mountain lion, a variety of song birds, and a race of the Colorado chipmunk. 

Landmannalaugar. Located in the South Highlands of Iceland, the area is renowned for its stunning beauty. The area is notable for its spectacular rock formations, multicolored rhyolite mountains and expansive lava fields. Many hot and cold springs create a bathing warm brook, where people bathe.

Landmannalaugar is a natural gem in the highlands of Iceland that I recommend every nature lover should visit

Landmannalugar is in the highlands of Iceland at the edge of a lava field, which was formed in an eruption around the year 1477. The area is known for its rich and colorful rhyolite mountains; painted yellow, golden, brown, grey, red and green. Rambling lava filds, blue mountain lakes and soothing hot springs

Right by the campsite you can enjoy a relaxing bath in a natural warm pool which was created when many hot and cold springs in the area combined and the small stream you cab see here is actually warm

I love this place and I try to go there every summer and spend a day hiking in the area

The Fjallabak region takes its name from the numerous wild and rugged mountains with deeply incised valleys, which are found there. Because of the cold climate up in the highlands vegetation is scarce and so is animal life. You could find some sheep grazing there in the summer time and some birds but that´s about it

The desolate wilderness and tranquillity are the main characteristics of the area, a place of contrasts from vast black sand deserts to rhyolite covered mountains. It is a true wilderness that I love to visit few times every year

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Landmannalaugar: Eine andere Sicht auf die Rhyolith-Berge bei Landmannalaugar im zentralen Hochland Islands.

Another view of the rhyolite mountains near Landmannalaugar at the central highlands of Iceland.

Landmannalugar, with its multicolored rhyolite mountains, expansive lava fields and hot springs you can even bath in is a magnificent place. It has many great hiking trails both long and short

Since it´s high up in the Icelandic mountain area it´s only open over the summer months and only by 4x4. The roads are bumpy gravel roads and you have to cross some small rivers on the way. It would be very easy to have the roads up there just like any other asphalt road but we want to have it this way. We want places like this as unspoiled as possible and if everyone can get there by their family car it wont be. This unspoiled nature is priceless in this time and age  and we want to keep it like that

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More pictures from Hughes Mountain. Columnar rhyolite (really a devitrified rhyolitic ash flow tuff) covered in lichen, with fiamme and flow banding.

Hughes Mountain is an igneous knob in the St Francois Mountains of southeastern Missouri, the product of intercontinental volcanism during the late Precambrian, roughly 1.5 billion years ago. Other notable spots within the St Francois Mountains are Elephant Rocks, Johnsons Shutins, and Taum Sauk Mountain.