Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Boulder

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#118 of 128 in Nature in Utah
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  • We entered Vermillion Cliffs from the south end (89A), so we only explored from the southwest corner. Bureau of Land Management could have done a better job marking some of the landmarks within the ar...  more »
  • Vermillion Cliffs is a relatively new National Monument that protects a section of land on the Arizona-Utah border. The monument is appropriately named, as the brilliant red color of the cliffs strike...  more »
  • Nice time hiking and Jeeping around Utah. The absence of crowds and the joy of nature made our day most pleasant!  more »
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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.
  • 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!
  • Worth seeing! For sure!!
  • So beautiful, just driving through you are rewarded for miles with breathtaking views. I only got to explore a little, but I will def be back for more. Make sure you bring snacks with you and lots of water.
  • Never crowded, lots of views

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