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).
Established 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.
The 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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  • We only saw the Vermilion Cliffs passing by on the way to the North Rim and were very impressed!
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  • Experienced the cliffs on our drive on 89A as we were heading from the Grand Canyon North Rim to Page. Aside from all the pictures, we felt compelled to stop the car a few times in the middle of the r...  more »
  • As you drive past the brilliance and colour variations warrant a stop and admire . Take a break wander and feel the presence of something bigger than ourselves.  more »
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  • My favorite part of this point is the abandoned tire. There is nothing that says desolation and desert like scraps of humanity. there are lots of broken bottles in this area so watch out for the glass. but the trail is good and if you're looking for wildlife be sure to come in the early day. Otherwise during the summer day it is hot and desolate.
  • This place has some real hidden gems to explore. Our favorite was a trip with Epic Adventure Rides that got us deep into the monument, to the most amazing overlook at the Paria Canyon! And there guides were fantastic! We didn't get drawn for the Wave, but soon discovered there were so many other great spots to explore and photograph off the beaten path. Definitely have a few more spots to check out next trip! Bring lots of water if you go in the summer!
  • Beautiful scenery. Less traveled road easy drive from Grand Canyon north to south
  • Great place to hike. Beautiful. You will see where it gets it's name as soon as you get there. (Unless you don't know what Vermilion means)
  • For the sheer view of this line of cliff face which extends for miles from a featured view point depicting the historic strata found in national parks around these cliffs, it is no wonder it became the backdrop to so many Hollywood westerns. Fascinating geology as well. Check it out as it leads to so many southwestern parks and monuments. Don't forget to stop in Kanab and check out the Parry lodge to see tribute to all the westerns and the bbn people that made them.
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