Northeast Overlooks, Paria Plateau, Vermilion Cliffs NM, AZ

On our 2012 US trip we already drove along the southwest rim region and visited Bush Head Valley in the Vermilion Cliffs NM. The next day we  planned to go up to the far away northeast end, where a lot of fantastic overlooks should be located on the Paria Plateau. It should also be possible to see Lake Powell from there.

We picked up Mike at Cliff Dwellers Lodge and drove along US89A to House Rock Valley Road (turnoff at 12S 40660X 406558X (UTM/NAD27)). House Rock Valley Road was in perfect condition this day. The weather was also perfect.

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

After leaving US89A, we followed House Rock Valley Road until we reached the wellknown turnoff into Coral Valley at 12S 40532X 407987X. We turned right here and at 12S 40980X 407958X we continued on Pine Tree Road towards Pinnacle Valley. We already drove here two days before on our way to the southwest rim region.

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

At 12S 42068X 407435X we arrived at a fork. Both ways go down into Pinnacle Valley. We again drove left to stop at the ranch down there.

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

An easy trail led down into Pinnacle Valley.

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

The following picture shows the ranch from the trail:

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

We made a short stop and checked out again the ranch.

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Then we left the ranch and continued on the trail.

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

At 12S 42274X 407355X we reached a fork. Our tracks from two days before were still be visible, where we drove straight to reach the southwest rim region. This time we went along the left trail. Via Cathedral Valley we should reach the upper route.

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

The following pictures show the vicinity along the way:

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

We passed Middle Knoll:

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

And soon, we were able to see Little Knoll. This indicated, that we reach soon the upper route:

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

In the background, the windmill at Middle Reservoir got visible.

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

At 12S 42759X 408107X we met the upper route. We turned right and followed the trail.

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

At this point we followed our tracks from the day before, where we went to Bush Head Valley.

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

At 12S 43136X 407901X we did not turn left into Bush Head Valley. We continued straight.

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

At 12S 43309X 407883X we turned left towards Horse Ridge. The trail straight led to Shed Valley. On the way to Horse Ridge it got more and more sandy.

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

On the way, we passed a water tank:

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Then the trail continued almost straight.

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

At 12S 43932X 408257X we turned left to the first overlook. There was already a turnoff at 12S 43746X 408273X to an overlook, but according to some informations, we had (thanks Darlene, Emily, Bob and Ken), this overlook was not so interesting as the ones, which have been in front of us.

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

A gate blocked our way:

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Shortly after the gate we reached a turn around spot, where we waited for Mike, our companion. This parking area is located at 12S 44048X 408466X.

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

A short hike led us to the rim region and the view was incredible. Lake Powell was clearly visible:

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Navajo Mountain in the background:

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Below us was Paria Canyon.

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Astrid and Mike at the rim:

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Wonderful colors:

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

The power plant was also good to see:

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

The following pictures should also document the fantastic view from this overlook:

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Somebody needed a rest:

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

After a short lunch break, we went back on the trail.

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

At the turnoff we continued left.

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

At 12S 43968X 408238X we again turned left:

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

After a short, rough trip, we again reached the rim region.

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Here is a small weather or relais station:

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

The views from here have been also gorgeous:

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

At this point, back on our way from the weather station, we turned right. After a short distance we arrived at the end of the trail.

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

A view back to the relais station:

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

And again a fantastic overlook:

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

As we still had more to do, we went back to the jeeps and drove to the main route.

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

At the turnoff we continued to the left:

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

From here, we were able to see Powells Monument and Paria Needle. Should there be a connection ? At least on the maps, there was no trail connecting to Powells Monument.

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

So we continued. At 12 S 44054X 408042X the trail turns left to the last overlook. On the map, there was no trail going further, but we saw a spur, which went further

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

After a short drive, we again reached the rim. The following pictures should give an imagination, what to expect there:

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

The Colorado River is pretty much close:

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

As we had to explore the ongoing spur trail, we left pretty fast.

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

We drove on this seldom traveled spur.

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

At 12S 044023X 407926X again a trail to the left led to a fourth overlook. So the last visited overlook was definitely not the last one. We agreed with MIke, that he already inspects this overlook, while we checked the ongoing road, whether it connects to Powells Monument.

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

There was not much activity visible on this trail, but it was still easy to drive.

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

We turned around shortly before Powells Monument and went back to overlook no. 4.

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

At the already mentioned turnoff, we turned right and reached the rim of the Vermilion Cliffs NM quite fast. And again we had an outstanding view.

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Marble Canyon below us:

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Powell´s Monument in the background.

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

After a short time we drove then to Powells Monument and Paria Needle.

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

We checked out the vicinity: Powells Monument…

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

…and Paria Needle.

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

We planned to drive back from here via Shed Valley. But the trail was blocked by the BLM at Paria Needle. Some people bypassed the blocking object, but we decided to follow the trail ethics and turn around to drive the long way back, we came in to this point. It was already late in the afternoon, so we had to speed up a little bit. The following pictures were taken on our way back:

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

On the way out of Big Sink towards Pine Tree Road.

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

The ranch at Pine Tree Road:

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Shortly before House Rock Valley Road:

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

On the way back to US89A, we saw some horses:

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Nordöstliche Overlooks - Vermilion Cliffs NM

Before we went back to Marble Canyon, AZ on US89A, we had to fill up the tires. At the end, we arrived at the Vermilion Cliffs Lodge, after it got dark.

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

Tracklog: Northeast Overlooks, Vermilion Cliffs NM (189 downloads)

And the map gives an overview about the region, we visited:

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