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Springerville Volcanic Field

Springerville Volcanic Field Review

The junction of U.S. 180/191 and U.S. 60, just north of Springerville, is the perfect jumping-off spot for a driving tour of the Springerville Volcanic Field, which covers an area larger than the state of Rhode Island. On the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau, it's spread across a high-elevation plain similar to the Tibetan Plateau. Six miles north of Springerville on U.S. 180/191 are sweeping westward views of the Twin Knolls —double volcanoes that erupted twice here 700,000 years ago. As you travel west on U.S. 60, Green's Peak Road and various south-winding Forest Service roads make for a leisurely, hour-long drive past St. Peter's Dome and a stop for impressive views from Green's Peak, the topographic high point of the Springerville Field. A free, detailed driving-tour brochure of the Springerville Volcanic Field is available from the Springerville-Eagar Regional Chamber of Commerce (318 Main St. Box 31, Springerville 85938 928/333–2123 www.sechamber.com).

Updated: 03-16-2013

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