The Painted Wall
At 2300 feet, Painted Wall is the highest cliff in Colorado. If the Empire State Building stood on the canyon floor, it would reach slightly more than halfway to the top of the cliff.
The patterns that inspired the name Painted Wall were created more than a billion years ago when molten rock was squeezed (intruded) into fractures and joints in the existing rock, then cooled and hardened. Unlike a painting, these patterns are 3-dimensional. If you were to slice off a section of cliff, an entirely different pattern would be revealed.
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Natural Features.
Location. 38° 34.865′ N, 107° 43.095′ W. Marker is in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado, in Montrose County. Marker is at the Painted Wall scenic overlook, off Rim Drive Road about 3.5 miles NNW of the South Rim Visitor Center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Montrose CO 81401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Early Exploration (approx. 0.2
Also see . . .
1. Black Canyon Geology. (Submitted on October 30, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Black Canyon Dimensions. (Submitted on October 30, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 30, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 45 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 30, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.