We purchased a tour with Paria Outpost who are located in Big Water, UT, some 40 miles east of Kanab, UT. From there it was a one and 1/2 hour ride over dirt roads, requiring a high ground clearance vehicle to get to White Pocket.
I can’t explain the geology that created this phenomenon and I don’t want to over use superlatives. Suffice it to say that this is one of the most unique and interesting places we have ever seen. It is an area of approximately one square mile located in the Paria Canyon-Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness. We hope that our photos will give you some insight into the other-worldly nature of White Pocket.
Within the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument you will find the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, an area of broad plateaus, tall escarpments and deep canyons. This area is in northern Arizona, north of the Grand Canyon and just south of The Grand Staircase. Ok, now stay with me. Within this wilderness area are the North and South Coyote Buttes. North Coyote Butte is home to an area known as The Wave, which has become known worldwide. Both North and South Coyote Buttes are restricted to no more than 20 people allowed to visit each day. These 20 people are selected through a permitting process, 10 of which are selected by random drawing on the day prior. This led us to be present in the BLM office in Kanab, UT, on Monday morning, September 28, 2015, at 9:00am for that day’s lottery to visit The Wave on Tuesday.
Now that we have had the opportunity to see the Grand Canyon from both the South and North Rims, I must say I prefer the North Rim. The North Rim is more remote and takes a bit more effort to get to, 80 miles from Kanab, UT, and 154 miles from Page, AZ. Therefore, it gets fewer visitors because of that and because it offers less in the way of accommodations and services. As a result you get what seems like a more personal and unhurried experience.
Descriptions will fail to tell you what you’re seeing. I’m afraid photographs will be inadequate to properly frame the sights. Your mind struggles to properly categorize this strange and wondrous landscape. Hoodoos (odd-shaped pillars of rock), spires, windows, arches, fins and towers with a variety of shapes and colors leave you not understanding how this could have come about but wanting to see more.