white pocket, vermilion cliffs , arizona

White Pocket Vermilion Cliffs, Arizona

PLACE: White Pocket Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
LOCATION: Arizona
NOTORIOUS: rock formations
NEAREST AIRPORT: PHX, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
COORDINATES: 36° 48′ 23″ N, 111° 44′ 28″ W
CURRENCY: US Dollar

Come on! Look at that red! These cliffs are located right below the Utah state line North East of the Grand Canyon. I love that there’s more to this area than most of us get to see in the Vegas brochures. So, apparently the White Pocket is a notoriously hard-to-reach area of sandstone hidden within the desert expanse of the Vermilion Cliffs. It was made famous when National Geographic ran a spread on it attracting hikers everywhere, and I don’t blame ’em.

The rock formations are primarily made of sandstone, siltstone, limestone, and shale. They rise as much as 3,000 feet (910 m) above their bases and are millions of years old. Bring your binoculars, apparently this area is a serious hawk- and eagle-spotting zone. Be sure to see all three of these while you’re there: Vermilion Cliffs, Coyote Buttes, and Paria Canyon.

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Hiked it? Any tips? We need ’em!

One thought on “white pocket, vermilion cliffs , arizona

  1. I hiked it back in 2009. We got a guide from Paria Outpost (http://www.paria.com/scenic-tours-shuttles/white-pocket/) to drive us up to the site. It’s a long, difficult drive, best done by someone experienced in off road and familiar with the area. Maybe the more adventurous can hike all the way to the site. Once at White Pocket, the hiking is easy. It’s absolutely stunning. Easily more beautiful than any national park. The only reason it’s not as famous as other places in the region is that it’s so difficult to get to.

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