Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Page
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Address: Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Marble Canyon, AZ 86036
Time Required: 05:00 Hrs
Timings: 24-hrs Details
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About Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Page
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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Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Page Reviews
The Wave, White Pocket, Paria Canyon, countless other monuments that you can only find one place in the world. This is a very primitive area though, there are no services, permits are required, don't even think about going here without an all-wheel drive car/truck with high clearance. Countless other cars/trucks even with these requirements have been bested by these roads. So bring tow ropes, winches, shovels, etc. Don't even think about going on some of these roads in inclement weather. Cell phone service is spotty as best. But with these caveats, play your trips extremely well and prepare accordingly and have the time of your life.
Google up this place and you'll find The Wave, one of the most spectacular rock formation on earth. It is part of the area called Coyote Butte which houses many other super interesting formations. Moderate to difficult hiking required. Some level of navigation skill needed too. Coyote Butte, north and south, require permits. The Wave permit is hard to get. Only 10 people per day are allowed in the area. The south is easier to get. The south is very pretty too. 4x4 vehicle steongly recommended. Dirt roads are rough and extremely sandy closer to the butte. Most people stay in Kanab, UT or Page, AZ. Campsites are freely available. IMO, cold season is the best time to visit - smaller crowd and no heat problem. In addition, colors if the rocks come out more when sunshine is not as direct. Oh yeah, if you like photography, bring extra extra SD cards and batteries/powerbank, trust me. GPS helps too.
First hike of the trip, it was amazing wish we had more time to keep going. Next we will probably camp overnight. Be prepared to get your shoes wet.
Totally beautiful area but so big its hard to be detailed about everything and where to go. I did stop to see the Condors and was lucky enough to have one of the specialist there who are taken care of and rehabilitating these beautiful big birds allow me to use her telescope to see them in the nest and also hear all about the work they do to remove the in their bloodfrom bullets stuck in carrion that they eat.
Beautiful vistas. Amazing views. Went there via Epic Adventures.