2000: National Monument
About the SiteThis remote and unspoiled monument is a geologic treasure, containing Vermilion Cliffs, Paria Canyon, Paria Plateau and Coyote Buttes. There are no paved roads within the monument. Elevations range from 3,100 to 6,500 feet.
What You're Going to SeeThere's plenty of hiking available in the Monument, but permits are required for hikes in Paria (puh-RYE-uh) Canyon and the Coyote Buttes area. You're going to see scenic views of towering cliffs and deep canyons. Paria Canyon offers an outstanding five-day wilderness backpacking experience. Visitors may be lucky enough to spot big horn sheep and California Condors. Information is available at the Paria Contact Station located just outside the monument in Utah along Highway 89.
Personal ObservationsThis is undeveloped wilderness, folks. There are NO paved roads in the Monument's 280,000 acres, so if you come hiking, come prepared to bring everything you need. There is no visitors center per se, just a contact station (manned by two friendly and knowledgeable Rangers when I visited), but it has plenty of maps and the Rangers are ready to offer advice for the best trails. Interestingly enough, the contact station is outside Monument border by a few miles, in Utah, along Highway 89. This happens to be the only practical way to enter the Monument.
Getting ThereFrom Page, Arizona, take Highway 89 west about 35 miles. From Kanab, Utah, take Highway 89 east about 44 miles. The contact station is on the south side of the road.
Nearby AttractionsLet me take a breath. Okay.