Red Mountain, just off of the "Beeline Highway"
east of Phoenix, exposes reddish rocks of
age. The rocks here are related to those on the west end of Camelback
Mountain, and the Papago Buttes. All resulted from the
erosion (by virtual avalanches, in some cases!) of highlands that were pushed up to the
east of Phoenix around 30 million years ago. Those highlands are gone now, but some
of their history is revealed by angular fragments in these
The official name of this peak is Mt. McDowell -- its elevation is
2830 feet, or 863 meters.
See the GeoHistory page if you want to know more
about why the landscape looks the way it does, or return to the map of
"The Rocks of the Valley of the Sun" for more view locations.
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