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“Pretty drive and well worth it.”

Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
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Reviewed 26 February 2018

This is a nice drive to the Navajo bridge and vermillion cliffs area. It passes the"cliff dwellers" area with a huge boulder field and some structures built around a couple of the large boulders.

3  Thank HDSlowride
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Reviewed 19 February 2018

This monument covers a large area on the Arizona-Utah state line, north of the Colorado River and west of the town of Page and Lake Powell. It's roughly bordered by US89 on the north side and US89A on the south side. The most distinctive feature in the monument is the "vermilion cliffs", a spectacular ridge of red-orange rock over 30 miles long that soars 2000 feet high. The cliffs are easy to view from pull-outs and overlooks along US89A which parallels the vibrant wall for about 25 miles between Navajo Bridge at Marble Canyon and Jacob Lake. There is no visitor center or services inside the park, but there are visitor centers at both Navajo Bridge and Jacob Lake, and several campgrounds just outside the monument boundary at State Line, Lee's Ferry, and White House. The only roads that venture into the heart of the monument are unimproved dirt/gravel surfaces and high-clearance vehicles are required. House Rock Valley Road skirts the western edge of the monument and connects US89 and US89A on the north and south ends. About 2.5-3 miles north of US89A on this road is a spot on the cliffs where endangered California Condors are released into the wild. There are also trail heads along this road for backcountry hiking routes that lead to the famous geologic wonders known as "White Pocket" and "The Wave". Note that Bureau of Land Management permits are required to enter these areas and the allotment is limited to about 20 people per day. Permits are awarded by online advance reservation and lottery. I strongly recommend research and planning if you want to visit the restricted areas so you are not disappointed. Despite its beauty, this is a formidable landscape so carry plenty of water and be prepared for intense sun exposure.

11  Thank CrankingChick
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Reviewed 5 February 2018

Vermilion Cliffs National Monument is this incredibly long (east-west) geologic feature that more or less parallels Highway 89A in far north-central Arizona. And as the name suggests, the feature is an earthen red color...these are the Vermilion Cliffs.

Pretty straightforward, all you gotta do is simply drive Highway 89A and enjoy the beauty...Enjoy !!!

3  Thank lanceo53
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Reviewed 18 January 2018

Vermilion Cliffs aka The Wave is a bucket list site to see. That being said, be aware that there is a lottery you must win in order to enter the site.

Only 20 people are allowed into the monument each day. You can enter the lottery 2 ways: 1) online around 3-4 months in advance or 2) the day before at the National Monument Visitor Center in Kanab, Utah. If you are planning a trip around this site or way in advance, you will want to enter online and see if you can win the lottery. Essentially, it's supposed to be 10 people from online and 10 people from the lottery at the visitor center to = 20 people total per day. My family and I were staying right in Kanab, a close walk from the visitors center and decided to enter the lottery and see. The first morning we entered we did not get selected. The second morning we got luck! We were the first names picked. There are 4 people in my family, and since we got picked first we were all able to secure our entry into the monument. Now for example, out of the 10 spots, if 8 were already filled and my family had been picked last (and there are only 2 spots left), we would have had to choose which 2 of us will go and who will not go.

If chosen, you will receive 2 passes: 1 to put in your car to show that you have access to be there and 1 that you must carry with you at all times. There is a park ranger that does come to the site daily to see if anyone who does not belong is there. In addition, you will receive a "map" of directions on how to get to the cliffs from the start of the park. I say "map" because it is basically a small piece of paper with pictures of landscapes telling you to turn left when you see this rock/formation/etc. It is very unclear and can be dangerous out there if you are alone, especially in unfavorable temperatures. There is a bit of a path in the beginning of the trail which takes you through some mud, dirt, sandy hills.. and then you have to climb some pretty steep rocks and hike sideways on the rock on your way to the site.

Once you make it to the site you will not regret the hardship it took to get there. It is absolutely stunning and mind-blowing. I was in awe at how this formation came about and the beauty of it all. You will never see anything like this at any national park in the U.S. It literally looks like Mars with deep red and orange colored waves in the rock. Don't forget to charge your camera and pack lots of water and snacks! I was here in the middle of the summer, so it was 90-100 degrees. Luckily there was some overcast on our hike in, making it much more bearable. Definitely invest in a nice water bladder and fill it up before the hike. If you are coming here I am assuming you may be hitting nearby National Parks. You NEED a water bladder when going on these hikes to stay hydrated and avoid heat stroke. This is a TOUGH hike and is NOT for someone who has trouble walking or may not be very fit. Be smart before you go and do your research!

21  Thank dannnnon
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Reviewed 18 November 2017 via mobile

While driving on route 89A you can’t miss these beautiful cliffs. The scenery along this route is worth the drive. We drove it from Page to Kanab. There are many sites to see along this route. For us, it was a must see trip.

3  Thank TheWiseOwl-AZ
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