Tall Tales From The Field

May Showers Bring June Flowers at South Coyote Buttes

I’ve been out to South Coyote Buttes 5 or 6 times but never experienced the blooming desert wildflowers on display. We’ve had quite a bit of rain this spring and it shows, even in the desert.  South Coyote Buttes is on the Arizona/Utah border and is about 2o miles from the nearest paved highway.

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Cactus Wildflowers are blooming at South Coyote Buttes at Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

Clouds are reflected in the pools of water at South Coyote Buttes at Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

Wildflowers are blooming at South Coyote Buttes at Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

Wildflowers are blooming at South Coyote Buttes at Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

Unusual sandstone rock formations at South Coyote Buttes at Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

Unusual sandstone rock formations at South Coyote Buttes at Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

The unusual rock formations at South Coyote Buttes, Arizona

 

 

Wildflowers are blooming at South Coyote Buttes at Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

Wildflowers are blooming at South Coyote Buttes at Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

The unusual rock formations at South Coyote Buttes, Arizona

 

Wildflowers are blooming at South Coyote Buttes at Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

 

Wildflowers are blooming at South Coyote Buttes at Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

 

 

 

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12 responses

  1. What a lovely post! I have never seen the desert so beautifully draped with wildflowers. Your photos are absolutely gorgeous. Many, many years ago I drove from Grand Canyon to Phoenix to Las vegas to PalmSprings/LA and I found the desert highly amazing. In Norway and Germany we have rain the whole year ( and sometimes snow) and it’s green everywhere. These images make a nice contrast.

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    June 11, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    • Thanks Dina. The desert is nice and there are areas out here that are high in elevation and have beautiful pine tree forests.

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      June 11, 2015 at 9:56 PM

  2. These images make me want to just get in my car and start driving!. But Coyote Buttes is over 5 and a half hours away from my home. Can’t you photograph something as beautiful closer to the Las Vegas area that I can go visit? Let’s say withing 2 to 3 hours drive! 🙂

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    June 11, 2015 at 10:54 AM

    • Let me see what I can do Emilio. I was very surprised to see all these wildflowers at this location on Tuesday.

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      June 11, 2015 at 9:55 PM

  3. The desert in bloom is something pretty special, which you have captured well here, Michael. Love the sweep of those rock formations. How long does it take you to reach this spot if it is 20 mi. off road?

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    June 11, 2015 at 10:59 AM

  4. I’ll have to check that out as soon as i get back to St. George. How far is it from St. George?

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    June 11, 2015 at 12:47 PM

    • About 3 hours from St. George but requires 4 wheel drive because of the sandy roads you need to drive through and some rock outcroppings.

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      June 11, 2015 at 9:59 PM

      • Ah…my Suburu wouldn’t make it then.

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        June 12, 2015 at 8:55 PM

  5. That’s gorgeous with the flowers!

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    June 11, 2015 at 8:43 PM

  6. Do you think Zion would have any wildflowers?

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    June 11, 2015 at 10:08 PM

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