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View of the western edge of the Palisade Lobe.
Grand Mesa is a prominent, east-west landform capped by hard, volcanic basalt. The original basalt field may have had a surface area of up to 750 square miles, but due to extensive erosion, the present-day remnant is about 53 square miles. This remnant has a "Y-shaped" outline, with Crag Crest on the east forming the stem, and the Palisade and Flowing Park lobes forming the branches. Thickness of the in-place basalt ranges from about 600 feet near Crag Crest to less than 200 feet on the western tips of the lobes.
In general, the basalt is highly fractured and climbable buttresses are rare. However, occasional large volcanic flow events deposited layers of basalt up to 70 feet thick, creating steep, featured walls with amazing rock quality.
Reference: Cole, R.; Weston, K. Geological Society of America Meeting Abstract (2007).
The Grand Mesa is most easily accessed from Grand Junction by driving east on I-70 to Exit 49 and heading south on CO Highway 65. The drive time is ~1 hour.
To access the western edge of the Palisade Lobe and the Land's End Area, it is recommended to drive south from Grand Junction on US Highway 50 ~13 miles, past the town of Whitewater, and head east on Kannah Creek Road. Follow the signs to Land's End, ~18 miles. The drive time also ~1 hour.
Weather station 5.0 miles from here
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