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Address: Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Marble Canyon, AZ 86036

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Imagine pillars and walls of sheer, sharp earth scything towards the sky from their base. That's what you're mainly here to see, sedimentary rocks of sandstone, siltstone, limestone, and shale eroded by millions of years of wind and rain. Among these rock live a variety of wildlife -desert bighorn sheep, pronghorns, mountain lions, the endangered California condor, golden eagles, peregrine falcons and bald eagles. There are signs of native settlement from 12000 years ago. The highlights are:

  • Buckskin Gulch: The world's longest slot canyon.
  • White Pockets: An elevated area with sights including Teepees (tent-shaped rocks), 1000 pockets (area with huge water pockets) and Coyote Buttes.
  • North Coyote Buttes: The 'Wave' is the most famous destination in the park, formed in Jurassic times, a hypnotizing and striking landform.
  • South Coyote Buttes Tour: A shorter hike, this one has even more photo opportunities.
  • Paria Canyon: 38 miles worth of slot canyon hiking.

Collectively this monument area is regarded as one of the world's best hiking destinations. Keep in mind that each one of these areas can take multiple days to hike. There are also two campgrounds you should read up on - the Stateline and the Whitehouse.

Vermilion Cliffs National Monument Information

  • Permits required for Coyote Buttes North, Coyote Buttes South, and overnight trips within Paria Canyon.
  • It may be best to travel this monument via guided tours. They will better be able to lead you to the highlights.
  • Bring a LOT of water. You won't find any in here.
  • If driving a 4X4, make sure you have a full tank of gas.
  • Find information about trailheads and maps on the Bureau of Land Management website.

How To reach Vermilion Cliffs National Monument by Public Transport

  •  Visitors usually drive Jacob Lake, and then get off to go view the mountains.

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  • First hike of the trip, it was amazing wishes we had more time to keep going. Next we will probably camp overnight. Be prepared to get your shoes wet.

  • Dont go unless you have a serious 4 wheel drive. I took a 2 wheel drive SUV with an attempt to make it to the national monument. The drive was fine until you hit the sand and then you are SOL. 4 hours down and 500 dollars later, We finally made it out. Thanks for the good sumaritons who spent and hour trying to free us. Thank goodness the wrecker stayed with us all the way as we drove back onto the gravel because we got stuck again as we drove back. I spoke with the wrecker driver and he said this happens often. Personally, i am disturbed with 3 things. 1. that we didnt see a blazing review on google that detered mild adventures like me from even attempting this. 2. Not a single sign stating 4x4s only. 3. For uncle sam for making a beautiful NATIONAL MONUMENT which is inaccessible to most americans.

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  • You can access Vermilion Cliffs National Monument by 89 or 89A and turning on House Rock Valley Road. I prefer 89A. 89A is flatter and the condition of the road is always better. If you are going to Wire Pass, the trip from 89A is 22 miles. If you come in from 89, it is only 8.5 miles. Don't forget to stop at the Condor viewing area.

  • Not a lot to do in the immediate area, but there are plenty of options if you are willing to drive. A nice place to relax.

  • We had a fantastic time roaming about this wonderful national monument! Everything was a highlight! White Pocket (high clearance 4x4 ONLY) is a beautiful, otherworldly landscape which you will have nearly to yourself, due to the difficulty in getting there. We found a tranquil perch with a fantastic view overlooking the formations, with Zion and Bryce off in the distance. No permit is necessary, so if you can't get one for The Wave, no worries, White Pocket awaits. Easier to visit is Buckskin Gulch (rough road, but any type of car can handle it when dry), which is believed to be the world's longest slot canyon. It is not as delicately beautiful as Antelope Canyon, but is extremely impressive and is not packed tight with people like Antelope. You can wander and enjoy at will and only encounter humans occasionally. We entered via Wire Pass Trailhead that heads down Coyote Wash and really enjoyed the petroglyphs on the enormous cliff wall to the right at the confluence of Coyote Wash and Buckskin Gulch. They are at eye level. Check weather conditions with the BLM before entering, even if sunny on site. One other thing we really enjoyed was the condor release site on House Rock Valley Road. We were lucky to arrive when biologists had place a cow carcass atop the cliffs. We were able to watch them feed (scope is best), as well as enjoy having one soar right over our heads! Everyone watching was so excited! There is a great sign there demonstrating their enormous wingspan. Kids might be especially amazed. We also enjoyed seeing the condors at Navajo Bridge Interpretive Center, which is just outside the monument. We watched a father condor preen his nestling on a cliff side (scope was set up by Peregrine‚Äč Fund staff), while the mother perched right below us on a bridge girder. What an incredible opportunity! House Rock was an oddity worth stopping to explore, but the Dominguez-Escalante Historic Site was a big disappointment, as all but one interpretive display was destroyed. Sad! Still, I am a history buff, so I enjoyed being in the vicinity of one of the explorers' camps. Jacob Lake Inn was our favorite place to eat, but there are other options. There are a variety of lodging options, as well. The night skies are very dark at the monument, so go prepared to enjoy shooting stars and the Milky Way. Moonrises are gorgeous, too!

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