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Vermilion Cliffs National Monument

About Vermilion Cliffs National Monument

Welcome to the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, a treasure trove of beauty nestled in the heart of Northern Arizona. If you're seeking unparalleled adventures and yearning for unforgettable experiences, you've come to the right place. 


This written guide, proudly presented by ROAM Outdoor Adventure Co., will serve as your North Star through this mesmerizing area, offering valuable insights and information to ensure your journey is nothing short of extraordinary. We are the pioneers in this field, renowned for our expertise in leading tours to remarkable destinations, including The Wave, White Pocket, and Coyote Buttes Hikes.

Continue scrolling to book a tour or learn more about Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, which includes The Wave, White Pocket, Buckskin Gulch and South Coyote Buttes hikes. 

The Wave HIke Guided Tour

(Permit Required)

Embark on a journey to witness one of the world's most renowned geological formations in the heart of the Southwest. The Wave hiking tour takes place near the Utah/Arizona border and promises an unforgettable experience. 


The six-mile round-trip guided hike is a bucket list item, offering a surreal landscape of sweeping rock formations and a vibrant color palette that will leave you in awe.


On this immersive hiking day tour, you’ll discover visually stunning hidden gems just off the main trail. The Wave is not just a hike; it’s an exploration of one of the best hiking tour adventures in Kanab, where the natural wonders of the North Coyote Buttes region await. 

Duration: 6-8 hours

Group Sizes: 6

Ages: 1-100

What to bring:  Hiking shoes, pants, at least 2 liters of water, snacks 

Distance: 6 miles

Permit Required: Yes

See pricing details and availability by clicking above

White Pocket Guided Tour

To hike The Wave, you must enter and win a lottery drawing, which doesn’t pan out for many people. Our ‘Better Than The Wave’ hiking tour provides an antidote–White Pocket offers an equally stunning experience with similar alien desert-scape and rock formations.


On the White Pocket hike, you’ll find the same surreal allure that made The Wave famous. White Pocket’s unique beauty is a testament to the wonders of nature, a place where you can immerse yourself in an un-Earth-like landscape. The ‘Better Than The Wave’ hiking tour is your chance to experience the magic of this region without the need for a lottery. 

Duration:  6-8  hours

Group Sizes: 6

Ages: 1-100

What to bring:  Hiking shoes,  snacks

What's provided: Cooler with water

See pricing details and availability by clicking above

Coyote Buttes (South) Guided Tour

South Coyote Buttes is a hidden gem just waiting for you to discover. South Coyote Buttes boasts unique rock formations, including ‘The South Wave,’ a mesmerizing counterpart to ‘The Wave,’ located in the North Coyote Buttes. 


The surreal patterns and textures of The South Wave will leave you spellbound. Plus, this trail is dog-friendly, making it an ideal destination for anyone traveling with furry friends. Hiking in South Coyote Buttes is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the wonders of Vermilion Cliffs, where nature’s artistry knows no bounds. If you’re seeking an alternative to The Wave that promises a remarkable experience, consider exploring the hidden treasures of South Coyote Buttes.

Duration:  6-8  hours

Group Sizes: 6

Ages: 1-100

What to bring:  Hiking shoes,  snacks

What's provided: Cooler with water

See pricing details and availability by clicking above

(Permit Required)

Vermilion Cliffs National Monument Adventures

Vermilion Cliffs National Monument is a place of wonder and inspiration, where the forces of nature have crafted an awe-inspiring landscape. You'll be greeted by a breathtaking tapestry of colors and geological marvels that will leave you spellbound throughout your journey.

Covered below:

  1. Hiking Permits in Vermilion Cliffs

  2. Hiking with Local Guides

  3. 7 Tips for Hiking Vermilions Cliffs National Monument

  4. Booking Your Hiking Adventure in Vermilion Cliffs 


This Northern Arizona monument boasts a diverse and ever-changing terrain, offering something for adventurers of all kinds. From rugged canyons to towering red rock cliffs and expansive plateaus to hidden slot canyons, Vermilion Cliffs promises a kaleidoscope of experiences that will both challenge and reward your sense of adventure. 


Vermilion Cliffs is aptly named, with its vibrant hues ranging from deep reds and vivid oranges, set against the blue sky backdrop. Sunrises and sunsets here are like paintings come to life, offering a feast for your senses.


You'll find some of the most iconic geological wonders on the planet here near Page, Arizona and The Grand Canyon. Towering sandstone formations, wave-like patterns etched into stone, and surreal, honeycombed landscapes create a unique playground for those captivated by the Earth's geological history.


The most iconic geological formations in the area are ‘The Wave,’ ‘White Pocket,’ and ‘Coyote Buttes.’ Hiking through these wonders unveils sculpted natural art with vibrant color palettes and landscapes so surreal they feel otherworldly–Vermilion Cliffs National Monument offers an unmatched opportunity to immerse yourself in the wonders of the natural world.


Whether you’re a seasoned hiker seeking a new challenge or a first-time adventurer with a passion for the surreal, these trails promise an unforgettable experience.














Hiking Permits in Vermilion Cliffs National Monument

Securing a hiking permit for one of these locations is the first step. Permits ensure these pristine landscapes remain preserved and accessible for generations to come. 


Why Permits are Important

Obtaining permits for these hiking adventures serves a few critical purposes:

  • Environmental Conservation: Limiting the number of visitors through a permit system helps protect the fragile ecosystems of these unique landscapes. It ensures the delicate rock formations and pristine environments remain undisturbed.

  • Safety: Permits allow park rangers to monitor the number of hikers, which is crucial for safety. They can assist in case of emergencies and prevent overcrowding.

  • Preservation: By controlling access, permits help preserve the pristine beauty of these destinations for future generations, ensuring they remain as breathtaking as they are today.


How to Obtain Permits

Each hike has a separate permit system.

  • The Wave: The Wave’s permits are highly coveted and awarded through a lottery system. To secure your chance to explore The Wave, you’ll need to apply months in advance. Visit the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) website to learn more about the lottery process and application timelines.

  • White Pocket: No permits are required for White Pocket.

  • Coyote Buttes Hikes: South Coyote Buttes permits can also be obtained from the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument website. These permits are more accessible than those for The Wave, making it an excellent alternative for those seeking an extraordinary experience without the same level of competition.


Need some help with the permit process? ROAM is here to help–reach out today.











Hiking with Local Guides in Vermilion Cliffs

While exploring Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, hiking with knowledgeable local guides can be the key to unlocking a truly extraordinary experience. Our guided hikes and tours are designed to ensure your journey is memorable, safe, and enriched with insights only local guides can provide.


The Benefits of Hiking with Local Guides

Why should you choose a guided hike in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument?


  • Expert Knowledge: Our local guides are season experts who possess an intimate understanding of the terrain, geology, and history of Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. They share their wealth of knowledge along the way, offering a deeper appreciation for the wonders you encounter.

  • Safety and Navigation: Hiking with guides means hiking with peace of mind. They are well-versed in safety protocols and can navigate the often-tricky landscapes, ensuring your adventure remains secure and enjoyable.

  • Access to Hidden Gems: The true beauty of these hiking destinations lies not just in the famous features but in the hidden gems tucked away in their corners. Our guides know where to find these secret treasures and will lead you to them for a one-of-a-kind experience that goes far beyond the ordinary.


Why Choose ROAM Outdoor Adventure Co.

When you choose ROAM for your guided hiking adventure, you’re choosing a company with a reputation for excellence and a commitment to delivering the best possible experiences. Our website is a treasure trove of information, awards, and rave reviews showcasing our dedication to providing top-tier tours of Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. 



7 Tips for Hiking in Vermilion Cliffs National Monument

New to hiking in rugged terrain? We’ve got you covered with these tips.


  1. Proper Attire: Dress in layers and wear comfortable, moisture-wicking clothing, sturdy hiking boots, and a wide-brimmed hat to protect against the sun. Remember to bring sunscreen and sunglasses to shield yourself from the desert sun's rays.

  2. Hydration and Nutrition: Staying hydrated is vital in the arid desert climate. Carry a sufficient water supply and snacks to keep your energy levels up during your hike.

  3. Hiking Essentials: If not hiking with a guide, ensure you have essential hiking gear, including a map, compass or GPS, a first aid kit, and a headlamp or flashlight. A multi-tool or knife can also come in handy. At ROAM, we provided our guides ensure your safety and well-being. 

  4. Best Time to Visit: To avoid the scorching heat of summer, plan your hike during the spring or fall when temperatures are milder. Sunrise and sunset hikes are not only cooler but also offer spectacular lighting for photography.

  5. Know Your Limits: Be aware of your physical fitness and the difficulty level of your chosen trail. Don't push yourself beyond your capabilities, and always hike within your comfort zone.

  6. Leave No Trace: Respect the fragile desert ecosystem by packing out all trash, staying on designated trails, and not disturbing the natural environment. Help preserve these stunning landscapes for future generations.

  7. Permit Requirements: Remember to secure the necessary permits for your chosen hiking destination. Plan ahead and ensure you have the required documentation before your adventure.


Book Your Hiking Adventure in Vermilion Cliffs with ROAM

Don't miss the opportunity to enhance your Vermilion Cliffs hiking adventure with the knowledge and expertise of ROAM’s local guides. To embark on an adventure that combines unparalleled natural beauty with a deep understanding of the region, book a ROAM tour today.


Whether you choose ‘The Wave,’ ‘White Pocket,’ or ‘Coyote Buttes,’ your adventure awaits. Immerse yourself in the unparalleled beauty of these hiking destinations, and let the wonders of the natural world leave an indelible mark on your soul. Happy hiking!

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  • What is your refund policy?
    Full refund with within 48 hours of activity. 50% is refundable after that until the activity day. No refund given for a no-show or past 30 minutes late. $100 rescheduling fee within 24 hours.
  • Do you need canyoneering or rappelling experience to do the Via Ferrata or Canyoneering trip?
    NOPE! You don't need any canyoneering experience to do either of those adventures! The only thing you need is some grit and love for adventure!
  • The UTV's are guided, but can I still drive?"
    Yes! You just have to be over the age of 21 with a current drivers license. Just let your guide know you would like to drive and they will gladly accommodate!
  • What do you provide on an UTV tour?
    Water and coolers to keep your snacks / drinks cold! We also provide helmets and googles.
  • Do you do UTV rentals or just Guided UTV tours?
    We do not rent our UTVs. Our UTV experiences are guided which means a guide does come with you. Don't worry, they are excellent and knowledgeable about the area and also dub as your own personal photographers for the day! If you need a rental for the day checkout our Jeep Gladiators!
  • What do you provide on Hiking and Canyoneering tours?
    Transportation to the trail entrance and a yummy lunch will be provided. Water and coolers to keep your snacks / drinks cold!
  • What should we bring?
    ATV tours: Bring water, sunscreen, face gaitor / bandana for dust, and good hiking shoes. Each of our destinations requires a bit of hiking! Via Ferrata: Bring bug repellent for possible mosquitos in the canyon and if you'd like to climb with your phone to take photos, wear something with secure pockets or bring a carrying case that can stay close to your body. Horseback Rides: Bring bug repellent, sunscreen, long pants, and closed toed shoes. Hiking and Half day canyoneering: Bring good hiking shoes, a Hydration backpack for water or no less than 2 liters of water, and snacks. You do not want to bring a loose backpack that can potentially fall off your body while rappelling. And of course, remember to bring money to tip your guide if you love your experience!!
  • How do I obtain a permit for the wave hiking tour?
    A permit is required to hike the Wave. You must obtain a permit before contacting us. Click here to put in for a permit.
  • Are dogs allowed on your tours?
    Dogs are only allowed on the ATV tours
  • Is gratuity added or should I tip my guide?
    Yes please tip your guide! If you have a good time, please show them some love with a tip. They work hard and they work for tips! Most guides have venmo as well.
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