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Vermillion Cliffs National Monument
Geologic Sightseeing > Vermilion Cliffs National Monument (AZ) 
Location
10 miles southwest of Page, Arizona.
 
Description
The 3,000-foot escarpment of the Vermilion Cliffs reveals seven major geologic formations in layer-cake fashion. This remote, unspoiled, 294,000-acrenational monument is a geologic treasure of towering cliffs, deep canyons, and spectacular sandstone formations. Paria Canyon, located within the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, offers an outstanding 4- to 5-day wilderness backpacking experience. For a shorter—but still spectacular— experience, many visitors hike through the nearby Coyote Buttes area.
 
Directions
There are no paved roads within the monument. From Page, Arizona, take U.S. Highway 89 south for approximately 25 miles, then turn west on U.S. Highway Alternate 89 (89A) for approximately 30 miles to the cliffs. From Kanab, Utah, take U.S. Highway Alternate 89 (89A) south for 37 miles to Jacob Lake, Utah. From there, continue east on Alternate 89 approximately 25 miles to the cliffs. The Paria Contact Station is located in Utah on U.S. Highway 89, 44 miles east of Kanab.
 
Visitor Activities
Scenic drives, geologic sightseeing, hiking, four-wheel driving, birdwatching, wildlife viewing, and plant viewing.
 
Special Features
The Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness is located mostly within the national monument and was designated in 1984. The national monument is home to desert bighorn sheep, mule deer, a variety of raptors, and California condors, which have been reintroduced into the region after successful captive breeding.
 
Permits, Fees, Limitations
Permits required for hikes in Paria Canyon and the Coyote Buttes area are available online at www.az.blm.gov/ paria/index2.html. 
 
Accessibility
None.
 
Camping and Lodging
Three lodges are located along U.S. Highway 89A west of the Navajo Bridge over the Colorado River (about 15 miles north of the intersection of U.S. Highway 89 and 89A). Lodging is also available in Jacob Lake, Arizona (on U.S. Highway 89A, 37 miles south of Kanab, Utah), and Fredonia, Arizona (7 miles south of Kanab on U.S. Highway 89A), as well as in Page and Kanab.
 
Food and Supplies
Limited food and supplies are available at the 3 lodges. The nearest sources of food and supplies are Page and Kanab.
 
First Aid
No first aid is available within the national monument. The nearest reliable first aid is at Lee’s Ferry (managed by the National Park Service), approximately 30 miles west of Page on U.S. Highway 89A. The nearest hospital is in Flagstaff, Arizona, 125 miles south on U.S. Highway 89 at the intersection with Interstate 40.
 
Additional Information
Visits to the area require special planning and awareness of potential hazards such as rugged and unmarked roads, venomous reptiles and invertebrates, extreme heat, deep sand, and flash floods. Hiking in foothills may be hazardous because of loose rock, steep slopes, and extreme summer temperatures. Fall, winter, andspring are the best times to visit.
   
There are several trailheads for Paria Canyon, but the most convenient is the White House trailhead, located 2 miles south of U.S. Highway 89 near the Paria Contact Station in Utah. The Coyote Buttes area also has several access points. Wire Pass, the main trailhead, is 8.3 miles south of U.S. Highway 89. The dirt access road is located between Miles 25 and 26 on U.S. Highway 89 between Page and Kanab.
   
Restroom facilities are located at the Paria Contact Station, and at several trailheads including Lee’s Ferry, Wire Pass, and White House.
 
Contact Information
BLM - Arizona Strip Field Office
345 E. Riverside Drive
St. George, UT 84790
Tel: (435) 688-3200              

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Paria Canyon Hiker

 

Paria Canyon

Within Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Paria Canyon presents a challenging and enjoyable 38-mile trek for the experienced, well-prepared hiker.   (BLM)

 
Last updated: 10-23-2009