Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Page
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).To visit Vermilion Cliffs National Monument on your holiday in Page, and find out what else Page has to offer, use our Page road trip planning tool .
Established 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.
The 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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Another place to stop by if you are in area, We just drove along scenic ride, not sure there are any hikes here that are worthwhile. more »
Vanaf de US-89A heb je al een mooi uitzicht op de Vermilion Cliffs. Wij liepen een trail naar een oude mijn met de naam Su Valley Mine. Het begin van de trail lag een de US-89A, zo'n 10 mijl westelijk... more »From the US-89A you have a nice view of the Vermilion Cliffs. We walked a trail to an old mine named Su Valley Mine. The beginning of the trail was a US-89A, about 10 miles west of Marble Canyon. It was a bit difficult to find, but in the end it succeeded. The trail is leading you in about 1 hour walk to an old mine. The altitude difference is approx. 150 meters and the trail is on average heavy. Given the surroundings it seemed to us a copper mine. The Cliffs are very nicely coloured by the different rocks.
Just driving through this marvelous area was enough for us. The road is in great shape after some resurfacing and the drive is smooth. The cliffs change colors along here, so Vermillion is an apt name. Vermilion Cliffs is just past Marble Canyon on Hwy. 89 toward Jacob Lake. This is the main entrance road to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, but it was empty enough for us this day. I did learn that the gray layer on top of many rock formations is called 'Navajo Concrete'. That is exactly what it looks like. Seasonal rain storms coming out of nowhere can pop up quickly and without warning. Flooding from one of these is what was responsible for the washout of Hwy. 89 a few years ago. People in this area, especially those who are hiking and/or camping, and everyone who hikes down into a wash or canyon, need to be aware and watchful during the summer monsoons. Nature moves quickly. You will not be able to outrun a running wash and nature is unforgiving. Slow down. Take out the camera and enjoy the colors and coolness.
This makes for an absolutely gorgeous day trip with four wheel drive vehicle! You do need to know which roads to take, though, because there are some that intersect and I have no idea where they go! Thankfully the friends who took us knows the place well. Great, fun ride with fantastic views! The weather made some of the washes rather tricky to navigate with some scrambling and rock crawls, but in the end our caravan of side-by-side ATVs and SUVs made an afternoon of it.
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