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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  • October 3, 2017
    These cliffs are like no others I have seen. They remind me of squaw skirts the Native American women wear and are constantly changing color throughout the day as the sun and clouds move.  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    We wanted to get the most from our vacation so we hired a guide to show us the sites at this location. Unless you know where you're going, you can miss the turn off which is basically a dirt road on B...  more »
  • October 1, 2017
    The old Route 89A was worth the trip. Its a meandering road, not an express highway, with lots of nice views and more casual ride, if you have the time. The Vermillion Cliffs were spectacular. Make yo...  more »
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  • July 5, 2017
    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.
  • July 19, 2017
    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.
  • June 21, 2017
    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​ 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!
  • July 4, 2017
    Worth seeing! For sure!!
  • September 8, 2017
    Beautiful scenery.

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For a chance to explore Arizona's famous canyon country without missing out on all the comforts of home, stay at a hotel or bed and breakfast in or near Page. A convenient base for exploring the surrounding area, this small town contains plenty of well-stocked shops, bars, and restaurants. If you don't need many modern amenities and prefer to experience the region from a less urban location, consider a campground near Lake Powell, located just 3.2 km (2 mi) from the center of the city.
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