Vermilion Cliffs, Grand Canyon
The Vermilion Cliffs are on the north side of the Colorado River along Alt Hwy 89 which is the route the takes you between the North Rim and South Rim of the Grand canyon. This area is known as Vermilion Cliffs National Monument and contains 293,000 acres of protected, remote wilderness. The park contains hiking trails, wild animals such as sheep, antelope and California Condors, and mountain lions, and endangered plant species in this unique cool desert environment.
The areas was home to various groups of Native Americans for thousands of years. More recently, in 1776 Spanish explorers traveled the area, and in th 1870s Morons explored here and settled nearby.
If you head out on the North route around the Grand Canyon you will head into the Painted desert and the Vermilllion Cliffs. This is a beatiful Drive in fact you can see the entire 40 miles or so before you embark and when you finish the drive heading up to the higher altitudes on the North side of the Canyon.