Larger photo of China Hat with "grabens" in the foreground

 China Hat
Geological Site

China Hat and China Cap are rhyolite domes that formed around older lava flows. There are many faults located in the area which have had a part in forming these landforms as well as multiple "grabens." Graben is the German word for "grave." What the traveler sees is not a grave, but depressions created on the earth's surface when blocks of crust drop down. Stop at Blackfoot River County Park northwest of China Hat for a picnic and a deep exploration of your surroundings.
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China Hat meadow and stream