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Embarking from the spectacular Virgin River Gorge, south of St. George, Utah, you can follow 277 miles of all-weather roads winding, through small rural communities to the Navajo Indian Reservation on the east. Amazing sights await you, as you drive the only paved roads in the Arizona Strip region.

The Vermilion Cliffs Highways is a project involving a partnership of 40 public and private entities providing a combination of 21 interpretive sites or scenic overlooks along 277 miles of state highways in northern Arizona and southern Utah. These roads generally follow the winding ramparts of the lengthy and beautiful Vermilion Cliffs. This cliff line is traceable from the Gunlock Reservoir area of southwest Utah to the Tuba City area of north-central Arizona.

Scenic overlooks and historic and prehistoric sites along the highways convey various aspects of the overall theme of "exploration and survival". These sites are tied inextricably to past and present "exploration" of existing landforms and the use of natural resources for "survival".

The Vermilion Cliffs Highways traverse some of the most scenic landforms in the West. In addition, the various highways are, in many cases, historic transportation routes used for centuries by succeeding waves of humanity in the region.

Distance: 277 Miles

Directions: From St George, Utah, Travel south to the Virgin River Gorge and the highways begin here.

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Arizona Strip BLM Field Office

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Telephone Number: (602) 417-9200
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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