Pisgah Mountain rises 2,000 feet from the Colorado River downstream from McCoy. Dramatically upturned geologic layers along the river create rugged cliffs. Picturesque outcrops of sedimentary and volcanic rock erupt in surprising shapes amidst vegetation, up and down slopes, and along ridge. Ponderosa pines grow along the Colorado River and arid grasslands cover the flanks of Pisgah Mountain. Scattered aspen groves add diversity to an otherwise austere desert environment in an elevation range uncommon among Colorado’s wildernesses.