Saturday, February 11, 2012
A few months back I scored another set of permits to Coyote Buttes North and The Wave. Since I was going to be down here for that, I decided to grab a pair of permits to Coyote Buttes South and make a weekend out of it. This was my first trip to Coyote Buttes South, and I know it definitely won’t be my last!
My friend Jackson and I got an early start on Saturday morning and started driving south to the Paria Plateau. Once we were over the border in Utah I noticed that there was probably going to be a great sunrise. I pulled off the highway just before the sun came up and took this photo of my Jeep with a very colorful sky.
We eventually reached the trailhead at Cottonwood Cove and started exploring the area.
There is plenty of colorful sandstone around here. We had some nice skies early in the afternoon.
Jackson explores the many sandstone formations in the area.
There seemed to be subtle stripes everywhere we looked.
Great views all around.
Interesting formations everywhere we looked, including this small arch.
Jackson taking photos from above.
We eventually found our way over to the formation known as the Control Tower.
Jackson hangs over the edge of a cliff for a shot.
We ended the day at a very unique and interesting boulder known as the Half & Half. It’s pretty cool.
We stuck around the area hoping for a colorful sunset, but the clouds had become thicker throughout the day and it never happened.
We hiked back to the Jeep and drove out in the dark. We made our way to Page for the night and met up with our friend Stan for dinner before getting back to our hotel and getting some sleep. It was a fun day exploring a new area.2012, arizona, control tower, cottonwood cove, coyote buttes south, half and half, page, paria plateau, vermilion cliffs national monument