Update (Monday 10:09 a.m.): The answer is that this is the so-called "Mexican Hat," just outside Mexican Hat, Utah.
SIERRA MADRE MOUNTAINS, Wyo.--Coming from the San Francisco Bay Area, the incredible rock formations so familiar to people from throughout the Southwest and some northern states were not part of my childhood.
So maybe that's why, in the many trips I've taken over the past decade or so to states like Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and others, I've enjoyed seeing the crazy things that Mother Nature can do with her rocks, so to speak.
During Road Trip 2009, which has taken me thousands of miles through Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, I've certainly seen my share: buttes, mesas, lava fields, and plenty of other outstanding geologic formations. And that's led me to today's Road Trip picture of the day challenge.
If you can tell me what this is a picture of, and where it's located, and be the first to do so (by e-mail to daniel--dot--terdiman--at--cnet--dot--com) you'll win a prize.
If you can, please be sure to include the subject line, "Picture of the day, 7/24" in your e-mail.
For the next few days, Geek Gestalt will be on Road Trip 2009. After driving more than 12,000 miles in the Pacific Northwest, the Southwest and the Southeast over the last three years, I'll be writing about and photographing the best in technology, science, military, nature, aviation, and more in Wyoming and Colorado. If you have a suggestion for someplace to visit, drop me a line. And in the meantime, join the Road Trip 2009 Facebook page and follow my Twitter feed.