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Wan­der among the es­carp­ments and sand­stone waves (yes, in­clud­ing The Wave, pic­tured), and we bet we know whose side you’re on: The 294,000acre Ver­mil­ion Cliffs National Mon­u­ment was one of more than two dozen ar­eas re­viewed by the Sec­re­tary of the In­te­rior. It’s safe—for now—and we think it should re­main so, not only for its wealth of hik­ing, but for its role in the tourism econ­omy. Try the 13-mile route from One Toe Ridge to Soap Creek Pas­ture, which tra­verses the blood-red, 3,000-footh­igh precipice with views across the Colorado Plateau. Con­tact­mil­ion-cliffs-blmw

Snag a per­mit to visit The Wave on a 5.2-mile outand-back from Wire Pass.

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