If you’ve ever visited (or even seen pictures) of Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, there’s no way to miss the distinctive red rock that makes up many of Colorado’s landmarks. We even have an amphitheater and natural area called Red Rocks. To say we’re proud of our red stone is an understatement. But how does Colorado sandstone get that distinctive red?

Centuries of Pressure

Sandstone, as its name implies, is a stone comprised of small granular particles compressed with very fine sediment over millennia until it has solidified into a united whole. Of course, sandstone can vary in composition in different locales based on the mineral composition, which affects how sandstone looks and feels. Sandstone is primarily particle sized quartz sand combined with very fine grained minerals, but it’s those added minerals that affect the color of sandstone.

Red Rocks

The distinctive red that Colorado sandstone rock is known for is because of rust. Okay, no, the rocks themselves aren’t actually rusting out like an old car. However, the concept is similar. Red sandstone is that color because of the high levels of iron that have oxidized, or rusted. Since the iron particles are trapped amidst the quartz particles, it tinges the stone to create that distinctive color. This happens because sandstone is a porous stone; all the iron particles trapped in the sandstone interact with oxygen and water as these elements trickle into the stone.

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