Today we went out to a remote area of the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument and Leslie was so proud because she actually hiked somewhere that required a permit. The first place was Coyote Buttes South and it required an hour drive, an hour 4-wheeling and two hours to hike through, but it was well worth it. Unfortunately we did not have the bright sunshine for pictures, but the temperature was great for hiking (or really scrambling in the sand or scrambling up the rocks).
The colors in the stone were amazing. It is all sandstone. It looks so solid, but you can see how thin some of the layers are (look in the forefront of the first picture). If you picked up a piece that had broken off it felt like rock, but if you squeezed it gently it disintegrated into sand. All of the swirls make you think that lava was involved somewhere, but all of the formations and colors came from minerals in the water, wind and earthquakes.
The second picture shows Half and Half rock. You can see why it got its name. The purple stripe on the left runs all through a huge butte that is not in the picture. It was really cool. It looks like it was painted that way. Actually the whole area looks like someone painted the colors into the stone.