About the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument

Amid the sandstone slickrock, brilliant cliffs, and rolling sandy plateaus of the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument lie outstanding objects of scientific and historic interest. Full of natural splendor and a sense of solitude, this area remains remote and unspoiled. Its centerpiece is the majestic Paria Plateau, a grand terrace lying between two great geologic structures, the East Kaibab and the Echo Cliffs monoclines. The Vermilion Cliffs, which lie along the southern edge of the Paria Plateau, rise 3,000 feet in a spectacular escarpment capped with sandstone underlain by multicolored, actively eroding, dissected layers of shale and sandstone. The stunning Paria River Canyon winds along the east side of the plateau to the Colorado River. Erosion of the sedimentary rocks in this 2,500 foot deep canyon has produced a variety of geologic objects and associated landscape features such as amphitheaters, arches, and massive sandstone walls.

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    Get outside and volunteer: National Public Lands Day is Sept 24

    This year, National Public Lands Day is September 24, 2011. While many supporters of the National Conservation Lands already volunteer throughout the year, this day provides a high profile opportunity to get others involved in conservation stewardship projects. More than 1,900 events are scheduled across the country, including several in the National … read more

  • 04.25.10

    Vermillion Cliffs Included in Top Nature Photos

    Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Jack Dykinga made this photograph of petrified sand dunes at Paria Canyon, in Arizona’s Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Area. A book with his work was part of a campaign to create national monuments there. Following the creation of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Vermilion Cliffs National … read more