Vermillion Cliffs – Red Rock Paradise


Vermillion Cliffs – Images by Djuna Ivereigh

No, we’re not in Indonesia anymore. In May 2009 I was lucky enough to get back to the Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness, a rapsberry swirl of Navajo Sandstone on the Colorado Plateau. Smack dab between Arizona and Utah. In the United States of America.

Back in the day, access to this geological playground could be secured with a shoulder rub that would earn you a bit of map pointing by the right BLM official. Then photographers got wind of it. These days, permits are all by lottery, and your chances are about one in a hundred that a bingo machine (yes, a bingo machine!) will pop up your number for the coveted northern section (a.k.a, “The Wave”). Not to worry. This southern section is well-guarded by natural obstacles and is well worth the extra trouble of 4WDing and orienteering.

I was just happy to see naked rock. Not much of that here in Indo for us recovering geologists.

  • http://earth2art.com David Walzer

    Nice photos of naked rock, but what about the photographer?

  • http://blog.djunapix.com/ djuna

    Better left to the imagination :)

  • http://earth2art.com David Walzer

    Been residing there already for quite a while

  • http://earth2art.com David Walzer

    Actually you can access vistas like this without having to rub shoulders with anyone besides a few “Bufo Punctatus” – well actually there are quite a few of them… but they have small shoulders… on the North side of Navajo Mtn. which faces toward Escalante and the Vermillion cliffs and has many of the same geological features. Lots of nice canyons with cold water runnning off the melting snow of Navajo Mtn. alt 10,400′ (I think)

  • http://blog.djunapix.com/ djuna

    Well, let’s not tell any photographers, or the Bufo will set up their own bingo operations. Do they have psychotropic shoulders?? That could improve the color schemes…