The Anti Atlas is a mountain range in Morocco running parallel to and southward of the central range of the Atlas Mountains of North Africa to the Atlantic. The Anti Atlas heads away from the High Atlas in a northerly direction, rising to 3,340 metres at its crest.
The Anti-Atlas Mountains were created by the prolonged collision of the African and Eurasian tectonic plates, beginning about 80 million years ago. Massive sandstone and limestone layers have been crumpled and uplifted more than 4,000 metres in the High Atlas and to lower elevations in the Anti-Atlas. Between more continuous major fold structures, such as the Jbel Ouarkziz in the southwestern Anti-Atlas, tighter secondary folds (arrow) developed.
The easternmost point of the anti-Atlas is the Jebel Saghro mountains and its eastern boundary is set by sections of the High Atlas range. On the heights of Ouarzazate the massif is cut by the Draa Valley which opens southward.
The Anti-Atlas Mountains is a great place for adventure cycle trips or mountain biking during the winter period. The friendly people, freshly cooked food, and the tranquil mountain atmosphere provide the perfect holiday. The area provides spectacular road and mountain biking with a wide variety of scenery and an excellent network of roads and tracks in the mountains.