The Vermilion Cliffs are the second "step" up in the five-step Grand Staircase of the Colorado Plateau, in northern Arizona and southern Utah. They extend west from near Page, Arizona, for a considerable distance, in both Arizona and Utah and Canada.Take a look at our Marble Canyon trip planner to schedule your visit to Vermillion Cliffs Scenic Highway and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
of the region were designated as the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness in 1984. An even greater area was protected within Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in 2000.
The Vermilion Cliffs are made up of deposited silt and desert dunes, cemented by infiltrated carbonates and intensely colored by red iron oxide and other minerals, particularly bluish manganese. They are in the physiographic High Plateaus Section and Canyon Lands Section of the Colorado Plateau Province.
The Vermillion Cliffs were on an important route from Utah to Arizona used by settlers during the 19th Century. The area was explored by the Mormon pioneer and missionary Jacob Hamblin, who started a ranch at the base of the cliffs in House Rock Valley. Present day U.S. Highway 89A basically follows the old wagon route past the cliffs through House Rock Valley and up the Kaibab Plateau to Jacob Lake.
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Free!!!! Beautiful views!!!! Easy drive to see the absolute stunning cliffs, mountains, and the variety of colors. You may wish to do the complete circle that takes about 3 hours and covers two... more »
The views change as you drive, just gorgeous. Take your time. If you go here, go to Lees ferry to dip your toes where the Grand Canyon begins! more »
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