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QT Luong @terragalleria

Full-time photographer. 1st to visit all 61 US National Parks. Author of Treasured Lands, winner of 6 national book awards

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To get to a lower rim elsewhere in the Grand Canyon requires a hike, but at Whitmore Canyon Overlook you can drive to the overlook and also car-camp there. Being on a lower rim means that you are surrounded by higher rims rather than flat terrain. he cliffs opposite the overlook face west. In the morning, they are in the shade. I timed the picture for when the penumbra hit the flowers, adding a subtle glow. #grandcanyon #nationalpark #parashant #nationalmonument #arizona
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To get to a lower rim elsewhere in the Grand Canyon requires a hike, but at Whitmore Canyon Overlook you can drive to the overlook and also car-camp there. Being on a lower rim means that you are surrounded by higher rims rather than flat terrain. he cliffs opposite the overlook face west. In the morning, they are in the shade. I timed the picture for when the penumbra hit the flowers, adding a subtle glow. #grandcanyon #nationalpark #parashant #nationalmonument #arizona

Whitmore Canyon Overlook differs from the other overlooks over the Grand Canyon in that it is located on a lower rim. The view over the river from the overlook is excellent both upstream and downstream, as it is not too high above the river.  #grandcanyon #nationalpark #parashant #nationalmonument #arizona
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Whitmore Canyon Overlook differs from the other overlooks over the Grand Canyon in that it is located on a lower rim. The view over the river from the overlook is excellent both upstream and downstream, as it is not too high above the river.   #grandcanyon #nationalpark #parashant #nationalmonument #arizona

When dry, the drive from St George up to the Bar 10 Ranch is straightforward and can be made by most vehicles. Past the Bar 10 Ranch The road became steep and covered with sharp lava rocks, a tough combination. We had to be over cautious because rather than the rugged all-terrain tires normally used on a Jeep, which are key on this type of road, our rented vehicle had tires that were quite beaten up. As it took us almost an hour to drive the last 7 miles, we arrived in view of the Colorado river quite late, as the opposite rim caught the last light. #grandcanyon #nationalpark #parashant #nationalmonument #arizona
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When dry, the drive from St George up to the Bar 10 Ranch is straightforward and can be made by most vehicles. Past the Bar 10 Ranch The road became steep and covered with sharp lava rocks, a tough combination. We had to be over cautious because rather than the rugged all-terrain tires normally used on a Jeep, which are key on this type of road, our rented vehicle had tires that were quite beaten up. As it took us almost an hour to drive the last 7 miles, we arrived in view of the Colorado river quite late, as the opposite rim caught the last light. #grandcanyon #nationalpark #parashant #nationalmonument #arizona

The northwestern rim Grand Canyon overlooks located in Parashant National Monument include some of the most remote locations in the continental United States. How remote? They require a round-trip drive of 180 miles on unpaved roads, some of which beyond the reach of standard SUVs. As an indication of how wild Parashant National Monument is, it has about the same area as Grand Canyon National Park, but does not include a single paved road, established campground, or toilet, not to mention any commercial facilities. Needless to say, the utmost preparation and self-sufficiency are required to visit. On the road to Whitmore Canyon Overlook, a steppe surprisingly verdant contrasted with black volcanic rocks. #grandcanyon #nationalpark #parashant #nationalmonument #arizona
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The northwestern rim Grand Canyon overlooks located in Parashant National Monument include some of the most remote locations in the continental United States. How remote? They require a round-trip drive of 180 miles on unpaved roads, some of which beyond the reach of standard SUVs. As an indication of how wild Parashant National Monument is, it has about the same area as Grand Canyon National Park, but does not include a single paved road, established campground, or toilet, not to mention any commercial facilities. Needless to say, the utmost preparation and self-sufficiency are required to visit. On the road to Whitmore Canyon Overlook, a steppe surprisingly verdant contrasted with black volcanic rocks. #grandcanyon #nationalpark #parashant #nationalmonument #arizona

Road-accessible, but difficult to reach Whitmore Canyon Overlook offers the easiest access to the Colorado River inside Grand Canyon National Park with only 900 feet elevation loss to reach the river, as opposed to 3,000 feet from the South Rim or 4,000 feet from the North Rim. Shortly after the start of the trail various plants provided foreground elements. #grandcanyon #nationalpark #parashant #nationalmonument #arizona
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Road-accessible, but difficult to reach Whitmore Canyon Overlook offers the easiest access to the Colorado River inside Grand Canyon National Park with only 900 feet elevation loss to reach the river, as opposed to 3,000 feet from the South Rim or 4,000 feet from the North Rim. Shortly after the start of the trail various plants provided foreground elements. #grandcanyon #nationalpark #parashant #nationalmonument #arizona

The layer after which the White Pocket was named  is also more resistant to foot traffic than the striations and ribs of the Wave, so I was less hesitant to wander freely around. This may also explain why the BLM has so far not restricted the area. However, this may not last, so my advice is to visit it while you still can! Check the blog post referenced below for a reproduction of the most useful map to the area: https://qtl.us/2JlTVgE #whitepocket #vermilioncliffs #nationalmonument #arizona
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The layer after which the White Pocket was named  is also more resistant to foot traffic than the striations and ribs of the Wave, so I was less hesitant to wander freely around. This may also explain why the BLM has so far not restricted the area. However, this may not last, so my advice is to visit it while you still can! Check the blog post referenced below for a reproduction of the most useful map to the area: https://qtl.us/2JlTVgE #whitepocket #vermilioncliffs #nationalmonument #arizona

At the White Pocket, not only rocks are incredibly twisted, but also the red sandstone is capped by an unusual white layer, after which the entire area was named, creating great contrasts. More: https://qtl.us/2JlTVgE #whitepocket #vermilioncliffs #nationalmonument #arizona
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At the White Pocket, not only rocks are incredibly twisted, but also the red sandstone is capped by an unusual white layer, after which the entire area was named, creating great contrasts. More: https://qtl.us/2JlTVgE #whitepocket #vermilioncliffs #nationalmonument #arizona

What is the reward for the challenging drive? The White Pocket, a short walk from the trailhead, is only about half a square mile and you can walk across in fifteen minutes, but within that small area, it easily compares square foot for square foot to the most interesting areas in the Southwest, including the Coyote Buttes and its “Waves”. It is a landscape photographer’s dream. More: https://qtl.us/2JlTVgE #whitepocket #vermilioncliffs #nationalmonument #arizona
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What is the reward for the challenging drive? The White Pocket, a short walk from the trailhead, is only about half a square mile and you can walk across in fifteen minutes, but within that small area, it easily compares square foot for square foot to the most interesting areas in the Southwest, including the Coyote Buttes and its “Waves”. It is a landscape photographer’s dream. More: https://qtl.us/2JlTVgE #whitepocket #vermilioncliffs #nationalmonument #arizona

As with Coyote Buttes South, the catch is that to get to the White Pocket you need a high-clearance 4WD.  My friend had tried to visit earlier in the year with a Jeep Grand Cherokee but he did not stop at the BLM office to get road advice and ended up having to turn around because of difficult road conditions, compounded by mud.. By comparison with the direct road he attempted, the longer BLM-recommended road turned out quite easy, and the Wrangler cruised with no difficulties. More: https://qtl.us/2JlTVgE #whitepocket #vermilioncliffs #nationalmonument #arizona
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As with Coyote Buttes South, the catch is that to get to the White Pocket you need a high-clearance 4WD.  My friend had tried to visit earlier in the year with a Jeep Grand Cherokee but he did not stop at the BLM office to get road advice and ended up having to turn around because of difficult road conditions, compounded by mud.. By comparison with the direct road he attempted, the longer BLM-recommended road turned out quite easy, and the Wrangler cruised with no difficulties. More: https://qtl.us/2JlTVgE #whitepocket #vermilioncliffs #nationalmonument #arizona

Previously known only to photographers and local ranchers, the White Pocket came to prominence after photos were published in National Geographic Magazine in 2012. As an indication of its growing popularity, in April I had been traveling in various areas of the Arizona Strip for about a week, and never saw any other people near each of the very scenic spots where we camped, but there were more than half a dozen cars parked overnight at the White Pocket trailhead. More: https://qtl.us/2JlTVgE #whitepocket #vermilioncliffs #nationalmonument #arizona
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Previously known only to photographers and local ranchers, the White Pocket came to prominence after photos were published in National Geographic Magazine in 2012. As an indication of its growing popularity, in April I had been traveling in various areas of the Arizona Strip for about a week, and never saw any other people near each of the very scenic spots where we camped, but there were more than half a dozen cars parked overnight at the White Pocket trailhead. More: https://qtl.us/2JlTVgE #whitepocket #vermilioncliffs #nationalmonument #arizona

The Coyote Buttes are the most sought after area of Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, and as such are subject to quotas and permits. If you didn’t win one, a great alternative is to visit the White Pocket, which for now does not require a permit despite being in my opinion equally impressive and otherworldly. More: https://qtl.us/2JlTVgE #whitepocket #vermilioncliffs #nationalmonument #arizona
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The Coyote Buttes are the most sought after area of Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, and as such are subject to quotas and permits. If you didn’t win one, a great alternative is to visit the White Pocket, which for now does not require a permit despite being in my opinion equally impressive and otherworldly. More: https://qtl.us/2JlTVgE #whitepocket #vermilioncliffs #nationalmonument #arizona

The Third Wave may be smaller, but it  has more rainbow colors than the Wave, and the rain intensified them, as can be seen by comparing the dry and wet portions of the rock. More: https://qtl.us/2Wv8Vvv  #vermilioncliffs #nationalmonument #arizona
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The Third Wave may be smaller, but it  has more rainbow colors than the Wave, and the rain intensified them, as can be seen by comparing the dry and wet portions of the rock. More: https://qtl.us/2Wv8Vvv #vermilioncliffs #nationalmonument #arizona

Like at the Wave, the striations are quite fragile, and it is important to leave them as you found it so that others may have a chance to enjoy them. This means avoiding trampling as much as possible. I walked across the formation only one time before going back. That was enough to find an angle from which, thanks to the arrangement of swirls and striations, the Third Wave stood out.  More: https://qtl.us/2Wv8Vvv  #vermilioncliffs #nationalmonument #arizona
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Like at the Wave, the striations are quite fragile, and it is important to leave them as you found it so that others may have a chance to enjoy them. This means avoiding trampling as much as possible. I walked across the formation only one time before going back. That was enough to find an angle from which, thanks to the arrangement of swirls and striations, the Third Wave stood out.  More: https://qtl.us/2Wv8Vvv #vermilioncliffs #nationalmonument #arizona

After scrambling down, we found the formation called the “Third Wave” – the “Second Wave” is located in the Coyote Butte North permit area, not far from the Wave. The Third Wave is smaller than the Wave. When you first see it, the formation isn’t that impressive, but it would be have been a mistake to turn around without looker further. More: https://qtl.us/2Wv8Vvv  #vermilioncliffs #nationalmonument #arizona
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After scrambling down, we found the formation called the “Third Wave” – the “Second Wave” is located in the Coyote Butte North permit area, not far from the Wave. The Third Wave is smaller than the Wave. When you first see it, the formation isn’t that impressive, but it would be have been a mistake to turn around without looker further. More: https://qtl.us/2Wv8Vvv #vermilioncliffs #nationalmonument #arizona

I hiked in the northwest direction for about a mile before turning back in steady rain.
Half-way, a spot at the edge of a terrace offered a higher viewpoint over a lower terrace, mitigating the need to photograph against the cloudy sky. More: https://qtl.us/2Wv8Vvv #vermilioncliffs #nationalmonument #arizona
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I hiked in the northwest direction for about a mile before turning back in steady rain. Half-way, a spot at the edge of a terrace offered a higher viewpoint over a lower terrace, mitigating the need to photograph against the cloudy sky. More: https://qtl.us/2Wv8Vvv #vermilioncliffs #nationalmonument #arizona

The light wasn’t great that day, to say the least, but I could nevertheless ascertain that Coyote Buttes South compares quite well to the Coyote Buttes North. Coyote Buttes South is one of the marvels of the Southwest, and a good example of an area which is under the radar not because of lack of merit, but rather because it is overshadowed by a better known area. With a bit of research, there is still much to find. I noticed quite a few whimsical rock towers, but since the day was overcast, I hoped I could have photographed them against a more attractive sky. More: https://qtl.us/2Wv8Vvv  #vermilioncliffs #nationalmonument #arizona
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The light wasn’t great that day, to say the least, but I could nevertheless ascertain that Coyote Buttes South compares quite well to the Coyote Buttes North. Coyote Buttes South is one of the marvels of the Southwest, and a good example of an area which is under the radar not because of lack of merit, but rather because it is overshadowed by a better known area. With a bit of research, there is still much to find. I noticed quite a few whimsical rock towers, but since the day was overcast, I hoped I could have photographed them against a more attractive sky. More: https://qtl.us/2Wv8Vvv #vermilioncliffs #nationalmonument #arizona

The other official trailhead for Coyote Buttes South, Cottonwood Cove, requires more difficult driving, but there is a much larger variety of rock formations to explore. We encountered only one other party during our day. A user trail leads in a half mile to the first teepee rock formations next to a pond. From there, the trail vanishes and you need to scramble over rock and sand. More: https://qtl.us/2Wv8Vvv  #vermilioncliffs #nationalmonument #arizona
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The other official trailhead for Coyote Buttes South, Cottonwood Cove, requires more difficult driving, but there is a much larger variety of rock formations to explore. We encountered only one other party during our day. A user trail leads in a half mile to the first teepee rock formations next to a pond. From there, the trail vanishes and you need to scramble over rock and sand. More: https://qtl.us/2Wv8Vvv #vermilioncliffs #nationalmonument #arizona

Coyote Buttes South is a large, 1700-acre permit area. The two trailheads and main formations are about 3 miles apart on foot, and as the shortest road between them (5.5 miles) is not recommended because of deep sand, it took an hour and half to drive the 18-mile BLM-recommended route. Of the two trailheads, Paw Hole is the most accessible, and close to the teepee rock formations. It is only 2.5 miles from House Rock Valley Road, and without a 4WD vehicle, one could hike that distance. Evening light there would be best, but the day was overcast. That nevertheless brought out the incredible color saturation of the teepees. More: https://qtl.us/2Wv8Vvv  #vermilioncliffs #nationalmonument #arizona
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Coyote Buttes South is a large, 1700-acre permit area. The two trailheads and main formations are about 3 miles apart on foot, and as the shortest road between them (5.5 miles) is not recommended because of deep sand, it took an hour and half to drive the 18-mile BLM-recommended route. Of the two trailheads, Paw Hole is the most accessible, and close to the teepee rock formations. It is only 2.5 miles from House Rock Valley Road, and without a 4WD vehicle, one could hike that distance. Evening light there would be best, but the day was overcast. That nevertheless brought out the incredible color saturation of the teepees. More: https://qtl.us/2Wv8Vvv #vermilioncliffs #nationalmonument #arizona

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