There's just something that hits differently about a mountain that commands attention. Anything out of the ordinary in nature is often something that catches our attention, such as a tree that's grown in a unique way or a lake that's a blazing aqua color. In very much the same way, mountains demand the same attention - but some have a bit more of a presence than others.
We're not just talking about any mountains, we're talking about colorful mountains. Rather than snow-covered peaks and gray, granite rock outcroppings, we're taking a tour of the world's most bold, bright, and beautiful mountains that show the world that nature truly is a wondrous thing. The world is full of colorful destinations but it only takes one rainbow-colored mountain peak to have a person seeing the world through rose-colored glasses.
Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona
Also known as the 'Wave' due to its unique curvature, these colorful geological features sport stunning hues of red, orange, and pink, appearing in the form of layers on top of layers of color. The National Monument is still a fairly new addition as it was only designated in 2000 but that hasn't stopped people from trekking across its desert wilderness to see this incredible display.
The formations themselves make for an interesting landscape and the park itself is split into two parts: Coyote Buttes North and Coyote Buttes South. For the most colorful of the two, Coyote Buttes North is where visitors will want to head as The Wave offers the best vistas.
Rainbow Mountain, Peru
As is pretty evident from its name, Rainbow Mountain is, indeed, rainbow-colored. Peru is well-known for this mountain range and its hues and also goes by the name of Montaña de Siete Colores, translated as 'Mountain of the Seven Colors.' The site itself brings close to 1,500 tourists during its peak season although there's only one time of the year when this mountain can actually be seen in its full array of colors.
The summer months bring with them warm weather which helps to melt the snow and ice from the winter months, and as this happens, the mountain's colors slowly begin to peak through. It's an incredible sight to see and worthy of the challenge it takes to get there, although a guided tour is necessary to navigate the region. It's also highly recommended that those who visit the mountain have some previous experience with high elevations as a tour takes roughly one day to complete.
Zhangye National Geopark, China
Also a UNESCO National Park, it's one of the most beautiful places in the country, bringing tourists from all over to see its colorful landscape. This rocky range is so flawless in its color that many people find it hard to believe it wasn't actually painted - but it's true. The colors you can see reflected in these rock layers came to be over the course of centuries, and it's estimated that this range was in existence before the Himalayas were even formed.
After the region's tectonic plates collided, this part of China was brought to a higher elevation, revealing the stunning array of color layers that had previously been hidden underground. The range's colorful stripes span for a total of 200 miles so no matter where you go in this Geopark, you're bound to get an incredible view of something truly magical.
Serranias del Hornocal, Argentina
Known as the 'Hill of 14 Colors' in Argentina, Serranias del Hornocal is more popular now than it has ever been. With so many people getting the urge to see more natural geological wonders, this mountain range has been high on the list. In order to see it, though, visitors are required to drive (carefully) along the road that runs alongside these mountain peaks, and that's the only way to see each of its 14 stunning summits.
The road itself is full of switchbacks and it's easy for drives to get distracted, so the best chance they have is to focus on the road until the viewing platform at the end, which gives a full view of the 14 mountains. The platform itself sits at an elevation that's just over 14,000 feet, so you can be sure to get a good view on a clear day.
Seven Colored Earths, Mauritius
Seven Colored Earths is less of a mountain range and far more of a range of sand dunes but it's worth the visit nevertheless.
This collection of sand is so colorful thanks to its volcanic origins, which have come into contact with various elements in order to create the array of colors that can be found in this tropical location. From the viewing platform, visitors can see hues of violet, red, green, blue, brown, yellow, and purple, depending on how the sunlight hits the sand.