Paria Canyon-Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness, Arizona

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About This Web Site

In galleries and on people's walls, I had seen marvelous images of the "wave" formation—a part of the Paria Canyon Vermillion Cliffs wilderness area in Arizona. So, in the Fall of 2004, I showed up at the visitor centre at 9 a.m. for the daily lottery, got lucky, and secured a permit for the following day. Only 10 visitors per day are allowed into the area. Not wanting to hang around in the local towns, I was secured a pass on that same day for Coyote Bluffs, which is nearby, but less visited. To my eye it turned out to be as interesting. On this web site you will find images of both places.

I hope that those of you who enjoy our natural landscapes will join or donate to the conservation organizations that are acting now to secure protection for scenic places for future generations. Our grandchildren will need these places even more than we do--the places are rapidly falling under what has been called 'the relentless plow of development'. As important, the wildlife for whom we act as stewards depend on these nature reserves right now.

If you are interested in any of the images on this web site in print or jpeg file format, all proceeds from sales go to conservation organizations. For further details go to the copyright and sales page. If you are a school or not-for-profit organization, you may use these images for your own purposes, but please let me know if you do so.

~ Ray Rasmussen

United States organizations worth joining and/or donating to are:

Canadian organizations:

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