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Mind-boggling features

White Pocket the best alternative to Coyote Buttes North
Wildly contorted stoney swirls are ivory, apricot, rust, and brick intermingled with overlying white rock.
Globular mounds of polygonal white Navajo Sandstone are predominate at White Pocket. The landscape circling the nearby butte is dazzling and mind-boggling.
A hiker enters the dunefield to explore the perplexing, intricate labyrinth.
Debra Van Winegarden

Mind-boggling features

Wildly contorted stoney swirls are ivory, apricot, rust, and brick intermingled with overlying white rock.
Globular mounds of polygonal white Navajo Sandstone are predominate at White Pocket. The landscape circling the nearby butte is dazzling and mind-boggling.
A hiker enters the dunefield to explore the perplexing, intricate labyrinth.
Debra Van Winegarden
Trail Basics

Travel: Following is the easiest route to White Pocket. You will need 4WD, high clearance, and a lot of patience. From mile marker 25.7 on U.S. Route 89, about five miles west of the Paria Contact Station, turn south on House Rock Valley Road. Zero-out your trip meter. Pass the Wire Pass Trailhead at 8.4 miles and Stateline Campground at 9.9 miles. On a decent dirt road, pass Lone Tree, road 1079, at 16.4 miles. Turn left/east at 20.2 miles. The sign for 1017 is just up the road. At 23.3 miles, stay straight. Pass 1085 at 26.4. In just another 0.1 mile, bear left on 1087. This is Pine Tree Pockets with a cluster of old ranch buildings and a corral. From here, the going gets tough. The primitive road is a mix of ruts and soft, deep sand. At 30.5, bear left on 1086. Open and close a rickety barbed wire fence at 30.9 miles. At 32.9 miles see White Pocket Butte. At 34.5 miles, 1323 comes in on the left from Poverty Flat and Cottonwood Cove. At 35.4 miles stay straight. Reach the trailhead at 36.0 miles. The large lot is suitable for camping but a better site is at road’s end, a half mile further. No water, no facilities. Trails Illustrated No. 859 will help you find the trailhead. Allow two hours from Hwy. 89.
Distance and Elevation Gain: 3 to 8 miles; 500 to 1,500 feet of climbing, it’s up to you.
Time: 3 hours minimum; all day is optimal
Difficulty: Off-trail; navigation easy; mild exposure on The Butte to the ridge of ocher towers.
Maps: Poverty Flat, AZ 7.5 Quad; Trails Illustrated No. 859: Paria Canyon, Kanab.

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