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Roadtreking: Arizona’s Vermillion Cliffs, the Navajo Bridge and the Rock House

From the bloggers at Roadtreking. 

So much of the adventure and fun of Roadtreking across North America is serendipity – the places you find while you’re on the way to somewhere else.

So it was for us as we were making our way to the Grand Canyon and came across the Vermillion Cliffs, the Navajo Bridge and the Rock House in northern Arizona. They are three separate places that make for great stops of an hour or two each.

The Vermillion Cliffs is actually a National Monument, located just south of the Utah border on the Colorado Plateau, bordering the Kaibab National Forest to the west and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area to the east. It’s remote and unspoiled, 280,000-acre of spectacularly diverse geologic landscapes made up of buttes, canyons, cliffs and plateaus, ranging in elevation from from 3,100 to 7,100 feet.

In an RV, it’s a place you tend to see from a distance, in our case, the side of Highway 89A. There are no paved roads within the Monument. While the House Rock Valley Road/BLM 1065 is a maintained dirt road it may be impassable when wet. Other roads on the Monument require a four-wheel drive-high clearance vehicle due to deep sand.

We stopped in several turnoffs and snapped photos, marveling at the way the sandstone changed colors as the sun played peekaboo with the big white puffy clouds. It’s unlike most National Monuments. There isn’t much access. Not even a visitor’s center. Just wilderness.

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