Near Marble Canyon in Coconino County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Vermilion Cliﬀs National Monument
A National Treasure
Vermilion Cliffs National Monument is a geologic treasure. Its centerpiece is the majestic Paria Plateau, a grand terrace lying between two great geologic structures, the East Kaibab and Echo Cliffs monoclines. The Vermilion Cliffs, which lie along the southern and eastern edge of the Paria Plateau, rise 1,500 feet in a spectacular array of multicolored layers of shale and sandstone. Along the east side of the plateau, the Paria River winds its way to the mighty Colorado River. Over eons of time, sedimentary rocks eroded, forming spectacular natural amphitheaters, arches, and massive sandstone walls in the 2,500-foot deep canyon.
These dramatic cliffs were named by John Wesley Powell in 1869, as he embarked upon his expedition of the Grand
The colors are such as no pigment can portray. They are deep, rich, and variegated, and so luminous are they, that light seems to glow or shine out of the rock rather than to be reflected from it.
-Major Clarence E. Dutton, 1880
Erected by Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 36° 41.825′ N, 111° 54.542′ W. Marker is near Marble Canyon, Arizona, in Coconino County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 89A at milepost 557.5. Touch for map. Marker is just north of highway. Marker is in this post office area: Marble Canyon AZ 86036, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 29, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 27, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 295 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on May 27, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. 2. submitted on May 28, 2018, by Annmarie Henshaw of Phoenix, Arizona. 3, 4. submitted on May 27, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. 5. submitted on May 28, 2018, by Annmarie Henshaw of Phoenix, Arizona.