THE GOOD FIGHT
VERMILION CLIFFS, ARIZONA
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. Contact bit.do/vermilion-cliffs-blmw
Snag a permit to visit The Wave on a 5.2-mile outand-back from Wire Pass.