The end of summer beckons us to go on our last adventure before we make our way into fall. There's this dreamy landscape with swirls of white, red and orange sandstone waiting to be explored. This hike to the White Pockets in Arizona will leave you feeling like you're on another planet with its swirly rock formations. 

Located near the border of Utah, White Pocket can be accessed using White Pocket Trailhead. There are no paved roads here so it's best to get directions from the visitor center. These geologic formations were created by mineral deposits and formed by the elements over time, giving them that swirly look!

You can visit this location year-round, but other areas such as the Coyote Buttes and Paria Canyon require you to purchase permits. There is sand along the way to this scenic hike and it's required that you use the proper vehicle. If not, there's a chance you could get stuck!

Due to all the sand, it's recommended that you go on a guided tour because a high clearance four-wheel-drive car is needed to reach White Pocket.  Some guided tours start as low as $200 per person. 

This is also a great spot if you're wanting to make a weekend trip where camping is also an option. You can also use existing campsites there.  

Along the way, it's possible you may see some wildlife such as California condors. There are no marked trails or water sources, so plan accordingly whether you decided to day-hike here or camp overnight. 

White Pocket, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument 

Price: Free

Location: Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Northern Arizona

Why you should go: These colorful rock formations will make you feel like you're on another planet! It's also free to hike here.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


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