Not All Beehives Sting (Unless You Fall Off!)

Dirt Man and I were fascinated with the beehive rock formations we could see along the mountains as we were driving. The formations consist of sandstone that has been weathered by wind and precipitation into beehive shapes. This particular area contains several of them. He noticed one that didn’t appear to be too dificult to walk out to explore. We parked and took off through a field of sage and other desert weeds. It wasn’t a long or a strenuous hike. It did involve a bit of climbing and maneuvering up and over waves and  ledges of sandstone.

This chunk of rock appears to have been sliced in half. It looks like a half of a beehive. You’ll see in the next picture that it was somehow shoved apart, split, or separated from the rest of the mountain.

That is me walking through the center opening. The foundation is the same stone as each side. You can see the same strata on each side and can tell that they once connected. There is not a missing piece. It seems as if it drifted or was shoved. I have no idea what happened millions of years ago to cause it.

Plants and trees are growing throughout the layers of sandstone. Even trees with roots above the stone are thriving. I suppose the vegetation is resilient to survive desert conditions.

I find this curving Pine (Pinyon or Bristle)  interesting. It’s as if the trees bend, twist, or stretch to do whatever is needed to remain.

Do you see the tinybeehives (only tiny from this angle and in comparison to the mountain, but surely large upon approach) on the top ridges of this mountain and along the base?

The actual texture is misleading from a distance. The layers appear smooth and easily accessible. However, some ridges are steep and bumpy. Other parts are slick. You have to watch your footing as it is easy to slip or trip, and you even have to jump and climb some areas.

This beehive has a lot of ledges, bumps, holes, and slots. Along with the strips of colored layers, the intricacies add to the beauty. It appears as if the lower portion pushed forth and thrust the upper portion up.

That’s Dirt Man walking around this beehive…kind of shows the magnitude of it’s size.

This view shows how the rocks were pushed up from beneath.

There always seems to be a lone tree battling the elements upon the top of the rocks. This view gives you a better view of the stair-stepping and ledges along the height of the mountains.

Here is another beehive upon a different rock conglomeration.

These are some smaller beehives around those weathered twisted trees.

This shot gives you a fairly good view of the layered foundation.

The top of this mass has all kinds of smaller formations on it. I’ve heard them called tents, stove pipes, chimneys, pyramids, and spires. I really don’t know exactly what constitutes one or the other.

These rocks that are sticking up in between the beehives are called hoodoos, also formed by wind and precipitation.

This mountain looks like a face with the two starts of beehives as nostrils and the holes above as eyes. The holes look like someday they will form arches one the side of the mountain.

This was a fun and interesting excursion, definitely one whim I’m glad Dirt Man led me on. I always tease him about whether or not he can find our way back when we take off like that. He has a keen sense of direction where mine really sucks. I’d be lost for sure if I was alone. (Heck, I almost needed a map to find him in the king size bed at the hotel…although I probably woudn’t have been able to read the map anyway!)

As we left the area, this good looking friendly dude came right up to our vehicle to tell us goodbye.

35 thoughts on “Not All Beehives Sting (Unless You Fall Off!)

  1. Love the photos – what a friendly horse! Not only do you visit these places and take photos to share but you educate us all in the process too. I am glad you are having a wonderful vacation.

    • We are home. It is just taking me a while to sort through 1700 pictures, and then “remember” the trip…it was like a whirlwind. We covered a lot of territory in a short period of time! It was wonderful and went ack way too quickly.

  2. The textures are just beautiful. You’re going to laugh, but for some reason, the beehive rocks remind me of the milkshakes my mother used to make us…they were always layered the way she put them in the large cups. 🙂 Colors are gorgeous. It’s a wonder the trees can grow on them–doesn’t look like there’s any soil.

  3. Fascinating post, Suzi!

    I had never seen or heard of beehive rocks before. They’re absolutely gorgeous! Love the various textures and colors.

    I can’t get over how clear and bright the sky was. The one photo with the clouds actually looks as though it was painted. Just beautiful!

    Ooooooo….and I love the precious horsey in the last shot!

    Thanks for sharing, my friend! Enjoyed!


  4. Those are great! I had not heard that term before, beehives, but it makes sense. Those trees are wild too. Really reminded me that they do what it takes to live and survive.

    Too funny on the horse! Maybe he was a watch horse. 🙂

  5. Right now you are a geologist’s dream with all the pictures you got! That nifty rock you took a picture of with the strata going 2 different directions is caused by uplift occuring at different times. I definately have to go visit, or at least come visit you and look through all the pictures you took.

  6. Wow – it sounds like you are having a great time. Sometimes I feel like the lone tree. But most of the time, I feel like the mountain, or the bird flying above it all. What are the temps there?

  7. Wow! What amazing photos! What a beautiful country we have, and you are so blessed to experience it.
    I haven’t visited your blog in a while, so I had to page down through previous posts. Enjoyed seeing the sites.
    Continue to enjoy your swesome journey.

    • I thought the East Coast had beautiful big mountains…the West has beautiful ones in a different way and soooooo much larger. It surely is beautiful country; wish I’d had more time to explore there!

  8. Hi Suzi…I love he picture of the wild horse. How special to get to “meet” such a lovely creature. It seems you and your husband are really enjoying the simple beauty of your surroundings and discovering meaning in everything you see.

    • Sorry, it’s not more formal, but I need to pull out the old geology books and start studying…it really has made me want to do that. It’s a matter of digging them out of where ever I’ve stored them. Yes, your little guys would have loved it.

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