Navajo Sandstone patterns, Paw Hole, South Coyote Buttes, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona, USA.
Explore colorful fossilized sand dunes in the Paw Hole section of South Coyote Buttes, in Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona, USA. The Coyote Buttes area exposes cross-bedded aeolian Jurassic Navajo Sandstone. Various iron oxides bled through the sandstone layers to create a salmon color; hematite and goethite added yellows, oranges, browns, and purples. For the required hiking permit, contact the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM, in Kanab, Utah). Access to this Federal public land is regulated to protect fragile geologic formations. Coyote Buttes are within Vermilion Cliffs National Monument (established in 2000 within Arizona), which is within Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Area (established in 1984 spanning across the borders of Utah and Arizona). [focused close]Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download