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Best trails in Vermilion Cliffs National Monument

586 Reviews
Looking for a great trail in Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona? AllTrails has 8 great hiking trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 6 moderate trails in Vermilion Cliffs National Monument ranging from 1.4 to 25 miles and from 4,370 to 6,220 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Established in November 2000, this remote and unspoiled, 280,000-acre Monument is a geologic treasure, containing a variety of diverse landscapes from the Paria Plateau, Vermilion Cliffs, Coyote Buttes, and Paria Canyon. Elevations range from 3,100 to 7,100 feet. Steep eroded escarpments consisting primarily of sandstone, siltstone, limestone and shale have been deeply eroded for millions of years, exposing hundreds of layers of richly colored rock strata.

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Map of trails in Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
Park information
Acreage:
280 acres
Park hours
Monday
7:45 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
7:45 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
7:45 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
7:45 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
7:45 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Contact
(602) 417-9200
Helpful links
Top trails (8)
#1 - The Wave Trail
Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 3 h 20 m
NOTE: A permit is required for this hike. To attain the permit you must win it through the permit lottery. For information about The Wave and the permit process, call the Ranger Station at (435) 688-Show more
#2 - White Pocket
Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 43 m
White Pocket is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Marble Canyon, Arizona that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity optionsShow more
#3 - Coyote Buttes South
Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
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Length: 25 mi • Est. 11 h
Hikers and photographers must get permits to visit the magnificent and famous formations in Coyote Buttes. A permit to go to CBSouth is a ticket to adventure, featuring an exciting drive on remote roaShow more
#4 - White Pocket Petroglyphs
Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 17 m
White Pocket Petroglyphs is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Marble Canyon, Arizona that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nShow more
#5 - Sun Valley Mine Trail
Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 19 m
Sun Valley Mine Trail is a 2.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Marble Canyon, Arizona that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking Show more
#6 - Buckskin Gulch to Edmaier's Secret and Wire Pass
Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
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Length: 9.8 mi • Est. 4 h 12 m
A wonderful hike to Edmaier's Secret and then down to Wire Pass. Edmaier's Secret is absolutely gorgeous. And the narrows down to Wire Pass are well worth the journey.Show more
#7 - Coyote Wash Trail
Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 2 h 18 m
Coyote Wash Trail is a 5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Marble Canyon, Arizona that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking,Show more
#8 - Maze
Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 42 m
Maze is a 1.4 mile out and back trail located near Marble Canyon, Arizona and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips.Show more