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Dominating the landscape with its sawtooth ridge of giant flatirons is the San Rafael Reef. The San Rafael Reef is the dramatic eastern boundary of the San Rafael Swell, a large, kidney-shaped topographic feature that began as an uplift of rock 40 to 60 million years ago. Erosion left the canyons and cliffs that have b...
Interstate 70 runs through beautiful Glenwood Canyon. The scenic beauty of this area was preserved, even if it meant inconvenient access to this rest stop. Most people parked here were likely hiking to the nearby Hanging Lake. This may well qualify as the most beautiful rest stop on the Interstate Highway System.