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Vermilion Cliffs National Monument - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

Marble Canyon, AZ 86036, USA

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About Vermilion Cliffs National Monument

Vermilion Cliffs National Monument is located in Arizona, immediately south of the Utah state line. The Vermilion Cliffs are steep eroded escarpments consisting primarily of sandstone, siltstone, limestone, and shale which rise as much as 910 m above their bases. These sedimentary rocks have been deeply eroded for millions of years, exposing hundreds of layers of richly colored rock strata.


Attractions Near Vermilion Cliffs National Monument

Navajo Bridge
Navajo Bridge38.15km from Vermilion Cliffs National Monument

Navajo Bridge is actually located on Navajo Tribal Lands at the northeast portion of the Grand Canyon that we generally recognize as the East Rim. The Colorado River, flowing through Marble Canyon, flows under Navajo Bridge.

Lee's Ferry
Lee's Ferry43.49km from Vermilion Cliffs National Monument

Tiny, historic settlement beside the Colorado River at the lower end of Glen Canyon, and the start of the Grand Canyon. It historically served as an important river crossing and starting in the mid-19th century was the site of a ferry operated by John Doyle Lee, for whom it is named.

Horseshoe Bend
Horseshoe Bend50.39km from Vermilion Cliffs National Monument

Horseshoe Bend is where the Colorado River makes a giant sweeping horseshoe shaped bend in the canyon. It is accessible via hiking a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) round trip from a parking area just off U.S. Route 89 within southwestern Page.

Glen Canyon Dam
Glen Canyon Dam54.97km from Vermilion Cliffs National Monument

Glen Canyon Dam is the second highest concrete arch dam in the United States, Located on the Colorado River in northern Arizona. The 26.2 million acre-feet of water storage capacity in Lake Powell, created by Glen Canyon Dam, serves as a ‘bank account’ of water that is drawn on in times of drought.

Antelope Canyon
Antelope Canyon61.51km from Vermilion Cliffs National Monument

Antelope Canyon is a popular location for photographers and sightseers and a source of tourism business for the Navajo Nation. It includes two separate, scenic slot canyon sections, referred to as Upper Antelope Canyon (or The Crack), and Lower Antelope Canyon (or The Corkscrew). Antelope Canyon was formed by the erosion of Navajo Sandstone due to flash flooding and other sub-aerial processes.

Pipe Spring National Monument
Pipe Spring National Monument63.42km from Vermilion Cliffs National Monument

This monument serves a as a water oasis for American Indians, Mormon ranchers, and includes historic forts, gardens, and a ridge trail. The water of Pipe Spring has made it possible for plants, animals, and people to live in this dry, desert region. Today the Pipe Spring National Monument, Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians Visitor Center, and Museum explain the human history of the area over time.

Where is Vermilion Cliffs National Monument

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Coconino County
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Coconino County is a county located in the north-central part of the U.S. state of Arizona. It is the second-largest county by area in the contiguous United States.

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