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BLM Winter Bucket List #23: Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona, for Spectacular Geologic Features and Superbowl 49

This month, Phoenix, Arizona, is a buzz with #superbowl news.  As the state prepares for the big event, we’ll share information about beautiful public lands just outside of the city and others worth a day trip - like Vermilion Cliffs.

Located on the Colorado Plateau in northern Arizona, the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument includes the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness. This remote and unspoiled 280,000-acre Monument - a part of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands - is a geologic treasure, containing a variety of diverse landscapes from the Paria Plateau, Vermilion Cliffs, Coyote Buttes, and Paria Canyon. 

Visitors enjoy scenic views of towering cliffs and deep canyons. The colorful swirls of cross-bedded sandstone in Coyote Buttes are an international hiking destination.  A permit is required for hiking in Coyote Buttes North (the Wave), Coyote Buttes South, and for overnight trips within Paria Canyon. 

Whether you’re heading to the #superbowl or just want an unforgettable outdoor experience, Vermilion Cliffs is a must see! http://bit.ly/vermilioncliffs

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM Wilderness Specialist

#tbt to high up on Tofana di Rozes in the magical Dolomites, Italy. As winter is rearing its head in Colorado, It’s probably time to dust off the ice tools and start training for the winter sports. But it’s just so hard to close out this rock season entirely…
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Words can’t express how beautiful this is! #hikerchat #xtremehiking #52hikechallenge #parkchat #findyourpark

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Today we celebrate national “Take Your Pants for a Walk Day”  ……

Yes, really.  And it’s easy.  Just put on some pants and #getoutdoors - from #backyard2backcountry.  Here are a just a few of our favorite BLM-managed lands for walking, hiking, biking and more.

Check out last summer’s bucket list posts to learn more about these and other amazing BLM-managed lands: http://mypubliclands.tumblr.com/tagged/bucket%20list

I took this shot yesterday while descending from Cornell Peak on my way to Miller Peak in the San Jacinto Wilderness. That’s Mt San Gorgonio across the desert.
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After completing Cornell and Miller, I traversed across San Jacinto and went up Jean Peak as well before heading back.
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This trip was like being in two different worlds. I waited in a long line of people for 40 minutes to buy a ticket for the tram, then stood in another waiting area and waited some more before setting off up the mountain. The local MeetUp group was there in force to do some snowshoeing so I definitely wasn’t lacking any company. Once we got to the upper station though, things changed dramatically. From the ranger station, I broke off of the main trail and headed for Harvard and Yale peaks before going up Cornell, Miller, and Jean. From about 9:00 AM until I got back near the tram station around 3:30, I was all by myself. Once back at the tram station, the waiting game resumed and the line to take the tram down wound all around the station. Between that and construction on the 10 freeway, I spent about as much time waiting as I did in the mountains.
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Also, going solo is a pretty interesting thing in the winter.
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Positives: it’s quiet (unless you’re singing, then you’re screwed because there’s no way to get the song out of your head,) the pace is entirely up to you, there’s no one there to tell you to go a different way, and there’s no one there to tell you you shouldn’t do something.
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Negatives: See positives.
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(at San Jacinto Peak)