Beautiful colorful rock formations in the middle of the Vermilion Cliffs desert.
Better to plan the visit when it is not hot, but you can visit this place all
year because the hike itself is not long.
note 1: This place located in the large Vermilion Cliffs National Monument which
is BLM land. You do not need to have any reservations (as for the waive) or pay
any entrance fee.
note 2: MUST have 4x4 car with high clearance, if the road is extra sandy considered
reduce tire air pressure.
note 3: Have a good map with you and GPS device, google map directions can be misleading
the take you not through the main trails. Know what you are doing, or you may
get into trouble deep in a remote desert.
note 4: During winter it can be snow (as I had) but I do not think it is
getting a lot of snow. The sandy road section will be even in better conditions
after rain or snow.
thoughts: One of the most beautiful places I ever visited, the remote location,
fun jeep drive in the sandy road only added to the unique experience. I was amazed
by this place beauty and solitude. I spent there 3 hr exploring the landscape.
drive starting point is on House Rock Rd.
From here take BLM road 1017 up east, this is
a good condition road and after 6.1 miles you will reach Pine Tree Pockets ranch,
pass the ranch and you will see a signed that will point you left to White
Turn left on 1087 road, from this point you’ll be driving through deep
sandy section, covering on/off the road.
The road is clear, you need to stay on
the main trail (Use GPS, even google map is good). Along the 8.3 miles you will
cross 2 cattle gate until you will reach your destination parking lot on your
well-marked parking lot, you will need to walk few hundred feet to the west,
cross the sand dunes and you will see right in front of you the amazing white
can walk and explore the landscape, be amaze from the delicate rock layers,
twisted formations and amazing white, red and yellow colors.
visit duration can be from 1hr to 3 hrs.
you drive the way back. Plan to give this trip, drive in, hike and drive out, enough
time at list half a day.
many other attractions in the surrounding Vermilion Cliffs.
below website links for more pictures, driving directions and other nearby attractions.