Crossbeds of Navajo sandstone paint the Coyote Buttes in hues created by the precipitation of oxides. From a 3,000-foot-high escarpment to a canyon 2,500 feet deep, Arizona's Vermillion Cliffs National Monument encloses a host of geological wonders.
The 280,000 acre wildness area is federally protected and a permit is required to reduce impact on the geological treasure.
- MELISSA FARLOW
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- The Big Open_Public Lands_National Geographic magazine and book 8/2001