In The Desert
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Although the volcanoes in the desert may be millions of years old, some of the cinder cones are relatively new at 900 years old. They are found all over in the desert southwest. Places you wouldn't expect them to be? Quite a few have had lava flows that have blocked the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. And lots of them are in Southern California in the middle of nowhere. Here are some examples of what to look for.
The above captures are of two different volcanoes and they show the lava flows, or Malpais. See the section on Malpais.
Here are two large images of volcanoes that show the lava flows. These are in the desert near the town of Amboy very near the old Rt. 66. There are many more but these are very prominent and show up on these captures from Google Earth. Many people hike up to the top of the craters. Google Earth is a great place to find these geologic features.
Just south of the Ranger's Station in the Grand Canyon (Parashant) you'll be able to see this large volcano, (to the left), this is Vulcan's Throne, elev. 5098 ft. The lava flows from this volcano blocked the flow of the Colorado River for quite some time. This happend a long time ago. But the lava flow is still visible.
Half way between Colorado City and Grand Canyon at Toroweep you'll find this ancient volcano. It's not as noticeable on the way down (heading south) as it is when you're facing north like when you're returning to Colorado City. This is in the Arizona Strip in northern Arizona. This view is looking northwest. This is quite large, see the enlargement.
There are many other volcanoes and cinder cones in Arizona and in the other southwestern states, like New Mexico. These are just some of the ones we've found.
This one was found north of Enoch, Utah. People have dug into this to get the small cinders for landscaping. One of the ones nearby is a designated barrow pit. These are all over southern Utah in the desert and some are even near towns.
Captures courtesy of Google Earth.
This one was found just north St. George near Rt. 18 and there is also a big cinder come in Diamond Valley just north of the city. Many people hike to the top of the one in Diamond Valley. We heard there is supposed to be a cave near the top.
California, Google Earth