PLACE: White Pocket Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
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.
Hiked it? Any tips? We need ’em!
PLACE: Huvasu Creek
LOCATION: Arizona, USA
NOTORIOUS: turquoise tributary
NEAREST AIRPORT: LAS, McCarran International Airport (take a small plane to Grand Canyon from Vegas?)
COORDINATES: 36° 18′ 28″ N, 112° 45′ 43″ W
CURRENCY: American Dollar
Havasu Creek is near Supai, Arizona and is a tributary that eventually meets the Colorado River at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. It’s bright turquoise waters come from its high mineral content. Amazing news – the water stays about 70 °F (21 °C) year around.
At the mouth of Havasu Creek, the confluence of this creek with the Colorado River (river mile 157) is a popular place for boaters to stop and look in awe at the striking blue-green water. Usually there is a distinct blue and brown break between them. Apparently the temperature drop between the two is the difference of one step! Quite amazing. Next time we’re in Vegas? I think so!
PLACE: Antelope Canyon
LOCATION: Page, Arizona, USA
NOTORIOUS: Slot Canyon
NEAREST AIRPORT: PHX, Pheonix (4.5 hour drive) or Las Vegas (4.75 hour drive)
COORDINATES: 36.8618° N, 111.3743° W
CURRENCY: American Dollar
Woah, one of my friends posted a picture visiting this place and it took me about 20 minutes to find it by just searching amazing canyon in Arizona. No, but seriously. The canyon is this trippy and smoothly carved architecture of sandstone, caused most obviously by erosion. Flash flooding still occurs in the canyon and may, at times, result in up to several months of closing. Since 1997 the area has been accessible only by permit as it is now a Navajo Tribal Park.
The upper part of the canyon is slightly closed at the top while the lower is slightly open to the sky. They each have different fees as the lower includes a compulsory $20 tour. Lake Powell is not only gorgeous (see below) it is extremely close to the canyon – the blogs are listing a bunch of hotels in the area. Looks like a win-win to me. Great alternative if you’re in Vegas and have already seen the Grand Canyon a few times.
Been there, done that? Tell me about it. I’ll take any tips I can get!