Every reference to Fisher Towers I found declares they “are isolated remnants of a 225 million year old floodplain deposit.”
So, how did that happen?
Apparently, the Colorado Plateau was uplifted from tectonic activity while North America was forming about 20 million years ago. Salt deposits underlying this region buckled, warped, and collapsed. Subsequent erosion helped form large valleys and steep cliff escarpments. Water, wind and time did the rest. Those elements continue to work 24-7, year after year, millennia after millennia.
Because of their gnarly spires, peaks and points and despite their sandstone exterior, Fisher Towers have become a mecca for hard-core rock climbers. But the area isn’t just for rock climbers. Hikers, photographers and nature lovers all enjoy spectacular scenery along the Colorado River. Click out this short slide show to see what Fisher Towers looks like today!