Zion National Park, Utah
On the east side of Zion, the terrain is more open, with domes and beehives and junipers adorning the Navajo sandstone. I've always been drawn more to this side, and though Checkerboard Mesa is probably the most photographed and famous mountain on this end, I still find a sphinx-like quality in it. I know the mechanics, geologically: crossbedding (oceanic sediments are exposed by changing sea levels, eroded, then overlaid by another layer, in varying orientations, repeated endlessly) and jointing (vertical cracking due to pressure on the rock, which is exagerrated by rain and freeze/thaw erosion). It's hard to fathom the eons of build up and breakdown to it's present state. Hovering like an inverted ship's prow, dominating from so many angles, it follows you like eyes in a painting, compelling you to look and see if you still recognize it wherever you are.