A maze of canyons, the South Shale Ridge is intricate and unique. Cherished by hikers for its distinctive geomorphic structures, the land is home to America’s national bird, the bald eagle. Referred to as one of Mesa City’s Natural Wonders, the South Shale Ridge hosts many endangered plants on the floor of the canyon. The canyon walls are a pristine example of sedimentary layering, perfect for rock-enthusiasts exploring the region. The native foliage is typically low to the ground and is home to small mammals living among the crevasses in the rock.