Paria Canyon, Coyote Buttes
Southern Utah / Northern Arizona
Paria (Pah-ree-ah) Canyon is located between Kanab, Utah and
Lake Powell on Highway 89 near the southern end of the Cockscomb.
It is $7 dollars to enter a lottery to enter Coyote Buttes.
Your chances are 10% of getting in. The size of your group cannot
be more than six.
The BLM doesn't officially maintain the area.
There is dog poop all along the trail.
You will still see plenty of people, even if you come on the
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Driving south down the snowy House Rock Valley Road
Cockscomb on the left.
Burnt Orange Sanstone Knolls
This is seen along the trail to the Wave
(This is looking back toward the start of the trail)
over the entire lower half of Utah.
Swirling layers like pages of sand.
Coyote Buttes, you could hear the coyotes in the distance, cackling
A written record of the past few million years.
A snow hat to keep cool in the blazing Sun.
Sandstone layeres painted in snow.
Looking southeast toward Top Rock Mesa.
Straight ahead lies The Wave.
You can see the trail in the snow below.
Top Rock Mesa. The giant crevice in the center guides you toward the
The Wave can be seen as the notch below and to the right of this shaded
Top Rock. A closer view of the crevice.
You can see a little arch above and to the left of the crevice
More Coyote Buttes to the southeast.
Layers of time with a tinge of turbulance.
The Butte Brothers with their arched faces looking west to catch the
Among the Buttes
The snow just makes the colors that much more extreme.
An arched Butte
Frozen Caramel Castles
Worlds of whirls and swirls
Gnarled ancient sandstone.
A capstone that refuses to erode.
Three little buttes below.
Looks like the skull of a muppet.
An arch above the Wave
A different texture of sandstone.
Frozen Silent Music
Rarely does something so silent, make so much sound.
The sandstone smile looks happily towards his bretheren.
Strange iron deposits found along the red stripes.
A much lesser travelled area of the Coyote Buttes.
The contrast of two timeframes.
A mushroom hoodoo found above the Wave.
This is near the final approach to the Wave
Sine waves of time, undulating in a frozen dance.
More Sandstone Stratification found along the trail.
The northern Coyote Buttes
The brain behind it all.
Atop the northern end of the Coyote Buttes
Snow covered giant hoodoos.
A view of the only difficult route finding area.
You cross over these cliffs along the low point on the left.
It is easy to get lost in this area.
If you get lost just back up and try again. Keep going a little bit
On the northwet side of Paria Canyon you can see Molly's Nipple
Paria Canyon Map
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