#mypubliclandsroadtrip 2016: Places That Rock, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
#mypubliclandsroadtrip ends the day with the scenic and geological wonders of the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument!
Located on the Colorado Plateau in northern Arizona, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument includes the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness. Nationally known for its beauty, the Paria Canyon has towering walls streaked with desert varnish, huge red rock amphitheaters, sandstone arches, wooded terraces and hanging gardens. The 3,000-foot escarpment known as the Vermilion Cliffs dominates the remainder of the wilderness with its thick Navajo sandstone face, rugged arroyos and stark overall appearance. Some of the best slot canyon hiking opportunities on the Colorado Plateau are found here.
The northwest portion of the wilderness includes Coyote Buttes and The Wave, an area of spectacular scenery displaying domes, aprons, fins and a variety of small fragile rock sculptures carved in colorful swirling cross bedded sandstone. The variety of colors and textures in the rock formations within the wilderness constantly change with variations in light and weather.
Photo by Bob Wick, BLM