White Pocket – Marble Canyon, Arizona - Atlas Obscura

White Pocket

This mesmerizing and surreal landscape features intricate patterns of white and red sandstone. 


White Pocket is a unique and visually stunning geological formation located in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in northern Arizona. It is situated within the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, a protected area known for its rugged beauty and remarkable rock formations. The closest developed town is Page, Arizona, about an hour east of the trailhead.

White Pocket is characterized by its swirling and intricate patterns of white and red Navajo sandstone, which have been sculpted over millions of years by the forces of wind and water erosion. The result is a mesmerizing landscape that resembles a frozen wave or a surreal painting. The rock formations at White Pocket often feature delicate, contorted layers, creating an otherworldly and dreamlike atmosphere.

Due to its remote location, White Pocket sees fewer visitors compared to other famous landmarks in Arizona like the Grand Canyon or Antelope Canyon. This relative seclusion adds to the appeal for those seeking a quieter and more intimate outdoor experience. 

Photographers and nature enthusiasts are particularly drawn to White Pocket for its unique and photogenic landscapes. The intricate patterns, textures, and vibrant colors of the sandstone formations provide endless opportunities for creative compositions. It is also a popular destination for hikers and backpackers who enjoy exploring the wilderness and the surrounding area. 

Access to White Pocket is challenging, as it is located in a remote and rugged area. The journey typically requires a four-wheel-drive vehicle and navigation skills, as the roads are unpaved and can be rough. Visitors are advised to come prepared with plenty of water, food, and fuel, as there are no facilities or services available.

It is highly recommended that visitors plan their trip in advance and check the official website of the Bureau of Land Management for up-to-date information.

Know Before You Go

White Pocket trailhead can be accessed from House Rock Valley Road (BLM 1065). To get to House Rock Valley Road From Page, AZ, take Highway 89 west for 36 miles. From Kanab, UT, take Highway 89 east for 38 miles. The south end of House Rock Valley Road intersects Highway 89A 13 miles east of Jacob Lake, AZ.

Call or visit the Bureau of Land Management for more information.

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