The United States is full of many beautiful mountain ranges that would make a memorable experience for anyone. The breathtaking views from the top of mountain bluffs and long beachfront cliffs would make anyone stand in amazement. Whether you enjoy views in the wilderness, wildlife, waterfalls, beaches, or river creeks, the US has many terrific destinations with beautiful cliffs. The gorgeous arena of a rocky cliff is the perfect backdrop and location for some of life’s most special occasions.
Family photos, wedding proposals, and wedding ceremonies have taken place at the cliffs of many vast and magnificent mountains. The US is full of them. You may be very familiar with many of them, and others we hope will “pique” your curiosity. So, take your pick. Here are the top thirty most beautiful cliffs in the USA.
Table of Contents
- 1. Kalaupapa Cliffs in Hawaii
- 2. The Mohegan Bluffs in Block Island
- 3. Mount Rushmore
- 4. The Rocky Mountains
- 5. Mount Massive
- 6. Longs Peak
- 7. Mount Meeker
- 8. Pikes Peak
- 9. Gannett Peak
- 10. Bald Mountain
- 11. Wheeler Peak
- 12. Granite Peak
- 13. Denali
- 14. Santa Fe Baldy
- 15. Beartooth Peak
- 16. El Capitan
- 17. Big Sur Cliffs
- 18. Notch Peak
- 19. Shawangunk Mountains
- 20. Golden Gate National Recreation Area
- 21. Point Dume
- 22. North Shore of Oahu
- 23. Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
- 24. Runyon Canyon Park
- 25. Bee Cliff
- 26. Blue Bluff
- 27. The Grotto
- 28. Red Bluff
- 29. Artist Point
- 30. Havasu Falls
1. Kalaupapa Cliffs in Hawaii
The Kalaupapa Cliffs in Hawaii, though unbelievably beautiful, are very steep and rough. Located in a very remote area, this mountain’s cliffs cannot be reached by car but by climbing a three-mile mountainous trail. It can also be viewed by helicopter or small aircraft.
The Kalaupapa National Historical Park was founded in December of 1980. Unfortunately, the park only allows one-hundred visitors a day. Each of them is required to have a sponsor.
2. The Mohegan Bluffs in Block Island
This beautiful mountain cliff, located in Block Island, an Island just off the coast of Rhode Island, is about one-hundred-fifty miles high. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, these cliffs have some impressive views where one can look out and see nothing but the calm of the ocean for miles.
This mountainous location also has a beautiful staircase that gives beachgoers below the opportunity to climb and see the area from a different view.
3. Mount Rushmore
Located in Pennington County, South Dakota, Mt. Rushmore is one of the most fascinating mountain ranges and has some imposing cliffs. Famous for having the heads of Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, and Theodore Roosevelt sculpted into it. This historic landmark itself is worth the trip.
However, over two million tourists a year flood the Black Hills area here in Pennsylvania to also enjoy the view from the beautiful mountain cliffs of Mount Rushmore with an elevation of over 5700 feet.
4. The Rocky Mountains
The Rocky Mountains is the most extensive system of mountains in the United States. Home to some of the most fantastic mountain cliffs you’ll ever see stretched over multiple states.
Thirty of its highest mountain peaks alone are located in Colorado. The highest peak or summit is in Elbert, Colorado, in the Sawatch Range, with heights of 14,440 feet tall. This mountain is famous for hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, and climbing with its breathtaking cliffs. Elbert is a beautiful place to visit and be in awe of the area’s vastness.
5. Mount Massive
The second highest mountain range and cliffs in the Rocky Mountains, Mount Massive, stands at 14,428 feet tall and is also located in the state of Colorado. This mountain was first surveyed and climbed in the late 1800s and has been a place of adventure, awe, and amazement ever since. Many fans of this mountain range climb it and build large heaps of stones to increase its height.
Looking out from the amazing cliffs off this range, you will see glacier lakes in the wilderness and lodgepole pine forests.
6. Longs Peak
Easily seen from Longmont, Colorado, this high eye-catching range, located in the northernmost section of the Rocky’s, has peaks of over 14,000 feet. Its beautiful cliffs overlook the Rocky Mountain National Park, known for the alpine lakes, forests, mountain tundra, skiing, and wildlife. While there, enjoy the most exquisite views from the cliffs along the side of the Trail Ridge Road overlooking Grand Lake. This road is the highest paved road in the US, with an elevation of over 12,000 feet.
7. Mount Meeker
This mountain is a neighboring mountain range to Longs Peak. The two together are often referred to as the Twin Peaks. Mount Meeker stands at a remarkable 13,911 feet tall and is the second-largest mountain range in the Rocky Mountain National Park.
Home to some of the most impressive cliffs in the US, though they can be slabby. Its location, southeast of Longs Peak, Mount Meeker, is more easily viewable. However, the mountain peak is considered challenging to climb and requires more technical skill than Longs Peak. But its cliffs are worth the climb, and the views are remarkable.
8. Pikes Peak
Standing at an impressive 14,115 feet, the Pike National Forrest treasure is home to some unbelievable cliffs. The ranges overlook the town Manitou Springs, which lies at the mountain base. In addition, it sits on natural mineral springs.
Pikes Peak has been certified as a National Historic Landmark, known for its gorgeous composition of pink granite. From its cliffs, a rocky, sandy area can be found as well as forests of trees at lower altitudes and wildlife.
9. Gannett Peak
The highest mountain peak in Wyoming, Gannett Peak, stands at 13,804 feet tall and lies in the Wind River Range. Which is in the Bridger Wilderness part of the Bridger-Teton National Forrest.
Gannett Peak is in the center of a secluded and rugged wilderness. As a result of this, its elevation, and intense weather, mountain climbers often consider it to be one of the most difficult to scale. Still, the view from its cliffs on the way up is simply nature’s beautiful handiwork on display.
10. Bald Mountain
Overlooking the Dillon Reservoir, Bald Mountain is home to some of the US’ most amazing cliffs. Standing at 13,690 feet tall, Bald Mountain’s peak is located in the Arapaho National Forest.
These cliffs give an awe-inspiring view of beautiful forestry, pretty wildflowers, and a fantastic amount of wildlife. The Arapaho National Forest is home to a wildlife refuge, protecting all kinds of birds and mammals.
11. Wheeler Peak
As the highest natural point in New Mexico, USA, Wheeler Peak lies two miles southeast of the ski slopes in the Taos Ski Valley. Also, just south of the Red River, this beautiful mountainous area lies in the Sangre de Cristi Mountain part of the Rocky Mountains. Its peak height is just over 13,100 feet. Overlooking the Wheeler Peak Wilderness Area, Wheeler Peak has many beautiful cliffs with fascinating views of magnificent trees and landscapes that leave you speechless.
12. Granite Peak
At an elevation of 12,800 feet, this mountain range in the state of Montana has the tenth highest peak in the US. This impressive mountain region lies near the borders of Stillwater County and Carbon County in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness.
Granite Peak is considered by avid climbers as the second most difficult high point to climb in the US due to the technical difficulty of the climb and weather conditions. Climbing its most popular route, the Southwest Couloir route usually takes climbers two days to complete, enjoying some of the most beautiful wilderness landscapes from its cliffs.
Denali, also known as Mount McKinley, is the highest mountain peak in the US and all of North America at 20,310 feet.
Located in the Denali National Park and Reserve in Alaska, Denali is the focal point of this fascinating mountainous area. It has magnificent cliffs as it is a mountain range covered in clouds. It also creates its own localized weather. The Japanese built a meteorological station on one of its cliffs later donated to the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska. This station has since been upgraded to track the weather and produce real-time weather updates for its community.
14. Santa Fe Baldy
Located twenty-five miles northeast of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Santa Re Baldy is an eye-catching summit in the Sangre de Cristi Mountains. In fact, as you travel further south, you’ll find that there aren’t any mountains higher than Santa Fe Baldy in New Mexico.
It can be easily seen in Los Alamos and other communities along the Rio Grande in northern New Mexico. However, along the mountain’s flanks is an area rich with aspen trees that can be amazing to view from its mountain cliffs. These trees are yellow-orange and have been studied by photography majors.
15. Beartooth Peak
This beautiful mountainous region has its highest point of elevation at Beartooth Pass in Montana, with a height of 10,947 feet tall. It gets its name from its rough history peak, which looks like a bear’s tooth.
As part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, this phenomenal region was said to have “outstanding national resource waters.” This gives them the highest level of protection in the Clean Water Act. The cleanest and purest waters in the Rocky Mountains system can be the site of some of the most spectacular views from its mountainous cliffs.
16. El Capitan
This extraordinary piece of granite rock, found in California, sits approximately three thousand feet high above the valley of Yosemite National Park. You don’t have to be a mountain extremist to enjoy the phenomenal sites from the cliffs of this unique mountain. The valley below is also home to the gorgeous Bridalveil Falls waterfalls.
17. Big Sur Cliffs
Big Sur Cliffs, California, is part of the Santa Lucia Mountains, with a peak of over 5100 feet above sea level. This extraordinary cliff is known worldwide for its natural beauty and remarkable scenery – considered among the top thirty-five tourism locations in the world. In addition, Big Sur’s coast is the longest scenic stretch of undeveloped coastline in the (contiguous) United States.
18. Notch Peak
Located on the Sawtooth Mountains, west of Delta, Utah, Notch Peak is a popular tourist area. It has one of the highest peaks in the House Range, just shy of 10,000 feet. Notch Peak has massive cliffs on its northwest face. The mountain ridges are around 2200 feet and have the second-highest vertical drop in the US after El Capitan.
Lastly, one of the most popular features of this mountain is its “notch.” Many vacations here and hike the trails to see it personally.
19. Shawangunk Mountains
Located in the Hudson Valley area, ninety miles from New York City, New York, Shawangunk Mountains is home to some fascinating cliffs in the US. This mountain is home to the Mohonk Mountain House, a castle of Victorian beauty and elegance – a popular vacation destination. Its amazingly gorgeous and awe-inspiring cliffs overlook the Mohonk Lake. They are surrounded by thousands of acres of wildlife and nature.
Guests like actors, government officials, CEOs, and even five US presidents have traveled here to this mountain to enjoy all that this magnificent area has to offer.
20. Golden Gate National Recreation Area
This beautiful area, part of the United National Recreation Area, is of over 80,000 acres. The Golden Gate National Recreation Area is part of the most gorgeous set of cliffs and landscapes along the San Francisco Bay Area.
With more than fifteen million visitors a year, one of the area’s most popular attractions is the Cliff House just north of Orange Beach, California. What draws patrons to this beautiful destination is the restaurants and bars that overlook the Pacific Ocean.
21. Point Dume
Located in Malibu, California, Point Dume is home to some of the most beautiful cliffs in the United States and home to several rock-climbing routes. In addition, westward Beach in Point Dume is a preferred film location for beach scenes on TV, movies, and commercials with its nearness to Hollywood.
22. North Shore of Oahu
Located on the “Big Island” of Hawaii, the North Shore of Oahu is an excellent destination for beautiful cliffs along this Hawaiian mountainous shoreline. The relaxing North Shore is known for professional surfing, large waves.
23. Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Located in San Diego, California, the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is a short drive from the downtown area. Although it’s within the city limits of San Diego, it’s a wild stretch of land, 2000 acres in the La Jolla community. Part of the coastal state park is an area full of wildlife, from bobcats to coyotes.
The southern part of the area is a huge rock called Flat Rock that extends out into the ocean. Its cliffs are breathtaking, and during migration, it is possible to observe several species of whale.
24. Runyon Canyon Park
Located in the center of Hollywood, California, Runyon Canyon Park is 160 acres at the eastern section of the Santa Monica Mountains. It has an elevation of 3111 feet and is a great hiking and recreational area with cliffs that offer a panoramic view of the city.
Its adjacency to The Hollywood Hills area makes this a popular location for celebrities, many times being spotted there regularly.
25. Bee Cliff
Located in the Siam community of Carter County, Tennessee, this tremendous cliff has high caves that overlook the Watauga River.
This northeastern Tennessee gem has an elevation of close to two thousand feet. It is approximately 15 minutes downstream from the Tennessee Valley Authority Wilbur and Watauga Dams in the Watauga River.
26. Blue Bluff
This beautiful cliff, found in Union County, Georgia, has an elevation of over 4100 feet. Located mid-way across the Locust Log Ridge Mountains. This mountain ridge has cliffs in the Blue Bluff that overlook the Arkaquah Trail.
The whole ridge is located in the Brasstown Wilderness in the Chattahoochee National Forest, offering phenomenal views that will wow you.
27. The Grotto
The Grotto is a Catholic outdoor enshrinement sanitary located in Portland, Oregon, on top of a 110-foot cliff. The Grotto’s clifftop has a cross on the hill that can be seen several miles away.
The Grotto has many trails, one called the Stations of the Cross trail that has many visitors who pass through its botanical gardens. It also has a gift shop and conference center.
28. Red Bluff
Located in Marion County, Mississippi, the Red Bluff is considered Mississippi’s Little Grand Canyon. A combination of red clay, soil, sand, and other sediments, this beautiful bluff has an elevation of almost four hundred feet overlooking the Pearl River.
The area around this gorgeous bluff is owned privately; hiking there is prohibited. However, it can be viewed from parking areas alongside Mississippi Highway 587.
29. Artist Point
Artist Point is located in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, on the southern part of the Grand Canyon. This beautiful area has an elevation of over 7500 feet. Looking across the canyon are miles of rugged and steep canyon walls displaying many bright colors.
30. Havasu Falls
Located in Grand Canyon, Arizona. Havasu Falls is widely known for being an incredible view because of its turquoise waters – formed by high concentrations of calcium carbonate in the waters. Within The Havasupai tribal lands, thousands of hikers walk up the falls, but most don’t climb to the very top. Instead, however, they usually dive off its 100-foot cliff.