White Pocket Dollops



An often-overlooked alternative to The Wave, White Pocket is a hidden gem within the Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness area. The largest and best-known formations are the Coyote Buttes in the northwest corner of the plateau, including the famous Wave. The second most visited site – White Pocket – is six miles southeast of the Wave.

“Discovered” by photographers 15-20 years ago, the name White Pocket actually refers to two areas. On the topo map is a tall 500-foot-high butte often called the White Pocket Monolith or Butte. Conversely, photographers use the term White Pocket to refer to the area of white and coral-colored cauliflower (aka brain) rock to the east of the White Pocket Butte. This area has many water pockets, which account for the name. White, or light grey, is the dominant rock color, in contrast to the red of the Coyote Buttes. Still, the general features are similar – swirling, thin-layered strata, adjacent layers of contrasting color, and curious erosive features. The “brain” area of White Pocket is dotted with white dollops that starkly contrast the red swirls around them.

Taking a journey to this desert gem is not for the faint-hearted. It requires a high clearance 4WD vehicle and experience driving through miles of deep sand. But for those who crave adventure and the thrill of the unknown, White Pocket in Vermillion Cliffs is a spectacular reward.

Location: White PocketVermillion Cliffs Wilderness area.

Media: Fine Art Landscape Prints