Photos in Slide Show:
- Hillside is a petrified sand dune. The varying patterns demonstrate eons of changing wind patterns.
- A colorful sandstone reef with the Grand Staircase in the distance.
- One of many sandstone teepees in Cottonwood Cove.
- Sandstone reef.
- The Queen.
The companion site to the more famous Wave, the adjacent South Coyote Buttes features equally spectacular and colorful scenery. It is definitely more of an adventure. For starters, you have to work at getting there. Access is by a remote network of high-clearance, four-wheel drive roads. There are no hiking trails or routes once you get there. You spot something interesting, walk towards it, and explore. You may not encounter any other hikers once you leave the parking area. Read the full story, “Coyote Buttes South – Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, Remote Adventure at Cottonwood Cove”.
Photo Tips: Early or late in the day would be best for photos, as the predominant yellow color would get washed out by the midday sun. We were fortunate to have afternoon clouds which helped saturate the colors.