We had an exciting drive down to the Rio Grande, then a steep climb up to the mesa on the west side of Taos.
Climbing Mount Dundas, a flat-topped mesa that juts out into the bay, is a frequent summer ritual.
Our Southwest Grand Tour leads from Las Vegas into the canyons and mesas that form the heart of the Colorado Plateau.
The sagebrush and imposing mesas and buttes of the Great Basin and the giant saguaro cacti of the Sonoran Desert define the West of countless Hollywood films and the novels of Zane Grey, Louis L' Amour, and others.
He explained the difference between the mesas and buttes in the distance and challenged us to find images of birds, couples dancing joyfully, and snakes in the sticklike forms of petroglyphs.
Broad mesas and steep canyons stand out clearly.
Red sandstone mesas stretched on either side of Interstate 15, reaching upwards of a couple hundred feet.
After a mile's drive north of the petroglyphs, a short hike pays off - with a vast, spectacular view into the heart of the Swell: Buttes, mesas , and canyons fill the landscape far below me.
At its southern end, the terrain drops down to the Santa Rosa Plateau, a 2,000-foot-high tableland with canyons, mesas , and low hills.
From Moab, they will drive to Monument Valley, famous for the towering red buttes and mesas , which have formed the background for countless westerns.