White Pocket X-Factor



White Pocket, a truly exclusive find within the Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness area, is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. While the northwest corner of the plateau boasts the well-known Coyote Buttes, including the famous Wave, the second most visited site – White Pocket – is a unique treasure located six miles southeast of the Wave.

Unearthed by adventurous photographers 15-20 years ago, the name White Pocket actually encompasses two distinct areas. On the topo map, there is a towering 500-foot-high butte often referred to as the White Pocket Monolith or Butte. In contrast, photographers coined the term White Pocket for the area of white and coral-colored cauliflower (aka brain) rock to the east of the White Pocket Butte. This area is dotted with numerous water pockets, which lend it its name. White, or light grey, is the dominant rock color, in stark contrast to the red of the Coyote Buttes, but the general features are similar – swirling, thin-layered strata, adjacent layers of contrasting color, and intriguing erosive features.

This fascinating rock formation is one of the many intriguing extraterrestrial-looking shapes you will find anywhere on the planet. Twisted swirls of coral rock are intertwined with white rock, topped by dollops of grey cauliflower (aka brain) rock.

Location: White PocketVermillion Cliffs Wilderness area.

Media: Fine Art Landscape Prints