Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Page

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Vermilion Cliffs National Monument is located in Arizona, immediately south of the Utah state line. This National Monument, 293,689acres in area, protects the Paria Plateau, Vermilion Cliffs, Coyote Buttes, and Paria Canyon. Elevations in the Monument range from 3,100 feet to 6,500 feet above sea level (944 to 1,981 meters).Creation and designationEstablished on November 9, 2000 by a presidential proclamation by President Bill Clinton, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument was carved from existing lands already under the management of the U.S. Government in extreme northern Coconino County, Arizona, immediately south of the border with the state of Utah. The monument is administered by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, an agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior. The Vermilion Cliffs themselves run along the southern and eastern edges of this National Monument. Much of the Monument's land consists of the Paria Plateau, a flat area extending northward from the tops of the cliffs.Vermilion CliffsThe Vermilion Cliffs are steep eroded escarpments consisting primarily of sandstone, siltstone, limestone, and shale which rise as much as above their bases. These sedimentary rocks have been deeply eroded for millions of years, exposing hundreds of layers of richly colored rock strata. Mesas, buttes, and large tablelands are interspersed with steep canyons, where some small streams provide enough moisture to support a sampling of wildlife.
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  • Vermilion Cliffs National Monument is this incredibly long (east-west) geologic feature that more or less parallels Highway 89A in far north-central Arizona. And as the name suggests, the feature is a...  more »
  • Vermilion Cliffs aka The Wave is a bucket list site to see. That being said, be aware that there is a lottery you must win in order to enter the site. Only 20 people are allowed into the monument each...  more »
  • While driving on route 89A you can’t miss these beautiful cliffs. The scenery along this route is worth the drive. We drove it from Page to Kanab. There are many sites to see along this route. For us,...  more »
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  • Just one more beautiful site in northern Arizona. A little bit of a drive off of route 89A. Best viewing in the late afternoon.
  • 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 strongly 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 heat is not a problem. In addition, colors of 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.
  • One of my favorite places to visit. The beauty is unmatched. It will take years to explore everything this place has to offer.
  • It's a 18 Mile Drive-In off the main road, to the parking lot. Then a short walk to all of this beauty.
  • The experience was amazing. Definitely an eye opener how great our state is.
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