The Great Western Trail
Trail bosses led cattle drives along rivers, or toward
distant obvious landmarks.
Solid rock erupting from the flat prairie.
We were headed for the Quartz Mountains and Lake Altus-Lugert on this trip. Another interesting thing this picture shows is the unusual mountain formations. The prairie is as flat as a coffee table around the mountains. There are no foothills, no preamble to the mountains at all. They just suddenly erupt from the prairie, making a perfect landmark for the trail bosses to aim for from miles away.