South Coyote Buttes is a very underrated area of Vermilion Cliffs.
Although it is a permitted area, the off road difficulty of this section makes the permit much easier to get than the North Coyote Buttes. Unlike the northern section this area has two trailheads: Paw Hole and Cottonwood Cove. These two areas are both worthy of a visit and don't look too much alike. In the Paw Hole section you will find a grouping of the famous teepee shape rocks just a few minutes walk from the parking area. This area is very colorful during the later part of the day and much of it faces west and south. The deeper red iron oxidation of the teepees section is unusual in the Coyote Buttes and is a favorite of photographers. Paw Hole also features prominent ribbed sections or cross stratification with incredible photo opportunities. There is a large wave like area that is closer hiking than the North Coyote Buttes wave. All in all the Paw Hole is a nice choice when considering one of these trail heads. A longer off road drive takes you to the Cottonwood Cove area featuring more variety of color and generally lighter visually. The hiking is longer here with the area much larger to cover. This area is an excellent choice due to the large views you have to the north with Bryce Canyon and Grand Staircase featured prominently. There are two mini waves in the Cottonwood area along with some dinosaur tracks. Cottonwood would be a fine choice for those looking for a longer hiking day. Tour time from Kanab is around 7 hours.
Tour Length: 7 hours
Price: $199 per person
Photo Tours: $269 per person
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