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White Pocket is in a remote section of Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona. Home to extraordinary sandstone formations, it is popular with photographers intrepid enough to explore it. Under a deep blue sky, the red and white swirls form an amazing contrast, and if you get lucky enough to find a puddle after a rainstorm, you might get a picture of a lifetime. Photo by Jessica Fridrich (www.sharetheexperience.org).

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The White Pocket, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. 

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Located on the Colorado Plateau in northern Arizona, the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona 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. Paria Canyon offers an outstanding three to five day wilderness backpacking experience. 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. Visit the BLM Arizona’s website to learn more about this beautiful area and plan your visit.

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM Wilderness Specialist

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Close-up view of the sediments at the White Pocket, Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona. 

Show Some Condor Love! Follow Our California Condor Release for National Public Lands Day

Today, the BLM, The Peregrine Fund and partners will release three California condors in the BLM-managed Vermillion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona. The annual release coincides with National Public Lands Day, and you can join the celebration on social media!  

Follow using the hashtags #CondorsOnTheRise, #WelcomeCondors and #NPLD on BLM’s Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram. 

Photo by #CondorsOnTheRise Partner Arizona Game and Fish.  See more photos on our My Public Lands Flickr set,

Learn more about the annual event and condor recovery: http://bit.ly/condorsontherise

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Millions of years in the making, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona remains a little-known wonder. Most of what’s depicted here is part of the white pocket formation.

 

credits: Kevin Russ, Stephen Oachs, Richard Barnes, Michael Villa, Grant Ordelheide, David Blanchard

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Goodness gracious. 

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In a new photographic series exploring America’s natural beauty, weather.com is choosing and highlighting seven spectacular wonders from each state. The recent America the Beautiful: 7 Wonders of Arizona features the BLM-managed Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, with several beautiful photos taken by our own Bob Wick (pictured here)!

Located on the Colorado Plateau in northern Arizona, Vermillion Cliffs includes the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness. 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. 

Visitors enjoy scenic views of towering cliffs and deep canyons. Paria Canyon offers an outstanding three to five day wilderness backpacking experience. The colorful swirls of cross-bedded sandstone in Coyote Buttes are an international hiking destination. The BLM admits only 20 people a day to the monument’s best known attraction - the Wave - to preserve this unique formation.  

CLICK HERE to learn more about Vermillion Cliffs and the BLM’s National Conservation Lands.

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Walking through the Wave.

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My greatest experience with condors was during a Grand Canyon camping trip on the North Rim with friends. As we stood near the edge and looked down, we saw a pair of condors gradually rising on a thermal. As they rose to where we stood we could hear the force of their massive wings cut through the air with a powerful “Whoosh!”  It was absolutely exhilarating! It’s one unforgettable site to see. –Rachel Tueller, BLM Arizona Strip District Public Affairs Officer

In celebration of National Public Lands Day today, the BLM, The Peregrine Fund and partners released three California condors in the BLM-managed Vermillion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona.  Watch a short clip from a previous NPLD release event to see the condor fly.