Science Fiction or Sonora Pass?
Interactively explore the Columns of the Giants along Sonora Pass.

Today’s Activities


What do you notice about the geology in this compilation of video game screenshots?  Is this the work of creative game designers or do these unique columnar formations exist in nature?


Embark on a 360o geologic exploration of Columns of the Giants. How can observational evidence from the Columns of the Giants help you figure out what created these rock formations?

There are six stops.  Complete the Columns of the Giants Guided Questions as you visit and explore each stop.


Review your evidence from your exploration.  What does the evidence show?  Can you explain how these formations were made? Compare your findings with the information in this reading The Final Story.

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