White Pockets has become a must visit place for any landscape photographer. Located in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument on the extreme northern border of Arizona just a few miles from Utah. White Pockets is full of some of the wildest geologic formations in the United States. Scientifically speaking, the area formed during the Jurassic period with soft sediment deformation before the area turned hard into rock it changed quite a bit. What was once up is now down and left went right but when it turned into stone we can now see what nature can do with time and pressure. According to one retired petroleum geologist Marc Deshowitz, who studied White Pocket more than anyone else, believes the landscape was the result of a huge sand-slide mass, triggered by an earthquake, detaching from a tall dune and traveling rapidly downslope. As the mass slid and tumbled downslope, it ripped up chunks of laminated sand beneath that intermixed with the basal part of the slide. The sand mass eventually filled a large pond or oasis. This large sand mass is the featureless bleached-white sandstone or "cauliflower rock" seen today. The instantaneous loading from the sand mass caused pressure adjustments within the underlying saturated sand resulting in contortions and fluid escape structures such as sand volcanoes. Marc has identified at least 25 of these features supporting his theory. Now we don't know what all of that means but it sure sounds impressive. What we do know is the place is very interesting and hard to get to. Tour time is 7-8 hours and a few miles of walking over rugged terrain is required.
Day Tour $199 per person
Photo Tour $269