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I’ve been out there 4 or 5 times but the light approaching sunset was almost-perfect this time. White Pocket is an area in Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Northern Arizona. It’s a difficult drive on sandy roads to get there, but well worth the struggle. One vehicle that only had 2-wheel drive got stuck in the sand and was only rescued when a Jeep Wrangler with a winch showed up and saved this couple a large towing bill.
The location for these clay beds is very close to my formerly somewhat secret spot of colorful clay beds.
Constant erosion from wind and water over the last 200 million years have produced some sandstone oddities that are worth the effort to drive to. White Pocket is about 20 miles from any paved road so few venture to it. The Vermilion Cliffs National Monument is a place that deserves protection. See all my photos at Dawn2Dawn Photography
Buckskin Gulch along the Arizona/Utah border is the longest slot canyon in the United States. I’ve never completed the whole thing but just a few miles into this abyss is enough to gather some good images. I dragged some friends along who made for some pretty good models(No Royalties Due) and for a good sense of scale. It’s about 13 miles and ends at the Paria River which together make a great backpacking trip.
My friend and fellow WP blogger Kelly Guymon and I visited the Coyote Buttes area Sunday along the Arizona/Utah border, home of The Wave and other geological anomalies. One spot we checked out were some colorful clay beds that not many people know about. They are hidden. But when we got to the secluded trail head, their was a family camping there and I felt like I needed to let them in on my secret place because we had to park next to their campsite. They followed us and I know they were thrilled with this place as it is quite a place to photograph. These clay beds are very colorful and have some great definition. It is unspoiled and hopefully will stay that way. Don’t ask me for directions. It is in the Vermilion Cliffs National Recreation Area where you can really get lost.
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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.
Yellow Rock at The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Southern Utah is yellow but also red, magenta, gold, orange, lime, blue, purple, rust, maroon, amber, tangerine, pink, scarlet, black, azure, brass, bronze, rose, brown, plum, sepia, mustard, sapphire, turquoise, peach, myrtle and even zucchini!
Yellow Rock is difficult to find and very difficult to hike up to. It’s the best thing Bill Clinton ever accomplished as president, designating the almost 2 million acres of the Grand Staircase as protected under the Antiquities Act in 1996. President Obama, before he leaves office, should do the same with the Greater Canyonlands area near Moab, Utah.
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The remote and rough Cottonwood Canyon Road weaves its way for 47 miles through The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Southern Utah. Do NOT attempt to drive this road under wet conditions. You won’t make it. I did it a few weeks ago on a hot and sunny day and found this scene that resembles something out of Egypt. Pyramids.