Steamboat Rock und White Pocket, Vermilion Cliffs NM

Paw Hole, Steamboat Rock, Sand Hills Loop and White Pocket, Vermilion Cliffs NM, AZ

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After we had been doing some outstanding wheeling in Kingman, AZ, we went up to the Vermilion Cliffs NM. On march, 23rd, we planned to go in via House Rock Valley Road. Instead of driving through Coral Valley, we thought, we could have some fun driving up Paw Hole. This route is usually very sandy, but this time, it was really disappointing, as there was not much sand at all. We drove up towards Sand Hills Ranch and then left at the crossroad to reach the Coyote Buttes South permit area. Behind the gate of the permit area, a trail is going northeast. This trail leads close to Steamboat Rock. From the Steamboat Rock parking area, the trail continues and forms the Sand Hills Loop, which connects later with the route from Sandhills Ranch to White Pocket. There is a nice hoodoo along that trail (better to say at the end of an almost gone short side trail). The weather was not really great that day and the wind was blowing like nothing, when we arrived at White Pocket.

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Here one can also download a gpx file of this trip:

Tracklog: Paw Hole, Steamboat Rock, Sand Hills Loop and White Pocket, Vermilion Cliffs NM, AZ (141 downloads)

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Hi, my name is Christian. Since years, my wife and me are spending our vacation in the southwest of the USA. At the beginning, we had been visiting a lot of national parks, but after some time, we started to explore also areas off pavement. We started with the Coyote Buttes South region and White Pocket in the Vermilion Cliffs NM. Over years, we explored almost the complete Vermilion Cliffs NM and visited also a lot of other areas in Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah. Especially the Moab area and the San Rafael Swell are our favorites. But also the Rubicon trail in the High Sierras was very impressing. In 2015, we had been the first time in the Kingman, AZ area. There are a lot of outstanding 4WD trails, like Sleeping Princess or Moss Wash. This type of trails has a high difficulty rating and one should have the right vehicle and good driving skills to tackle this type of trails. As I did not find any good source of information about the trails, we planned to drive at the beginning of our ‘offroad adventures’, I started to create this website. I hope, that it has some use for visitors and gives some kind of information and also inspiration.





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