A Chain of Spires on the Gila
West of Mineral Creek Kearny entered the last of five canyons they had encountered on the march from New Mexico. Their next camp was near the end of this canyon and had a wonderful view of a dramatic landscape.
“November 8.  …About two miles from camp, our course was traversed by a seam of yellowish colored igneous rock, shooting up into irregular spires and turrets, one or two thousand feet in height. It ran at right angles to the river, and extended to the north, and to the south, in a chain of mountains as far as the eye could reach. One of these towers was capped with a substance, many hundred feet thick, disposed in horizontal strata of different colors, from deep red to light yellow.”