Vermillion Cliffs Scenic Highway, Marble Canyon

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The Vermilion Cliffs are the second "step" up in the five-step Grand Staircase of the Colorado Plateau, in northern Arizona and southern Utah. They extend west from near Page, Arizona, for a considerable distance, in both Arizona and Utah and Canada.
of the region were designated as the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness in 1984. An even greater area was protected within Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in 2000.
The Vermilion Cliffs are made up of deposited silt and desert dunes, cemented by infiltrated carbonates and intensely colored by red iron oxide and other minerals, particularly bluish manganese. They are in the physiographic High Plateaus Section and Canyon Lands Section of the Colorado Plateau Province.
The Vermillion Cliffs were on an important route from Utah to Arizona used by settlers during the 19th Century. The area was explored by the Mormon pioneer and missionary Jacob Hamblin, who started a ranch at the base of the cliffs in House Rock Valley. Present day U.S. Highway 89A basically follows the old wagon route past the cliffs through House Rock Valley and up the Kaibab Plateau to Jacob Lake.
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  • Righty up along the Cliffs for most the drive. It has some pull outs and some informational stops along the way. It's easy to drive through it at 90 miles an hour, but don't miss the beauty!  more »
  • Great motorcycle road. Be sure to stop at Navajo Bridge to walk on the pedestrian bridge & get some photos. I happened upon that site at sunset and was treated to an amazing view!  more »

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