|The Vermilion Cliffs in late morning light (looking west)|
As an artist I've heard this name for decades but had yet to see them for myself. They have been painted countless times by expert and famous artists. Vermilion Cliffs National Monument is located in north central Arizona just below the Utah border. It is basically another plateau, which south west facing edge is made up of bright vermilion red cliffs that really glow in the sun. The northern part of the Kaibab Plateau is just west of the Vermilion Cliffs plateau. As we approached them from Kaibab with the sun in our eyes, they were fairly dull, then as we rounded the curve to where the sun hit them, they turned brilliant red and stretched for miles. It had just rained that night and all the little stream beds were muddy with moisture. To the south of the cliffs lay countless miles of sage filled desert We then continued on toward the famed Marble Canyon and Navajo Bridge.
|Vermilion Cliffs, center section|
|Cliffs above Lee's Ferry|
To see more pictures from this part of the trip, check my flickr album.