White Pockets, in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, has in recent years become one of the most popular places in Utah for guided photo tours. For whatever reason I tend to avoid those types of areas but White Pockets is famous enough I knew I’d have to go sometime. I’d heard the road was terrible but I had no problem getting there (it is many miles of deep sand and high clearance 4WD is a necessity) but I was shocked at the almost two dozen cars and vans in the parking lot when I got there in the early afternoon. The whole place was a complete zoo with multiple photo groups and multiple drones flying low overhead.
It was also disappointing to see how worn down and dull the rocks are. There are actual trails worn into the solid rock from from people and cattle. It was the ultimate example for me not to reveal how I get to the more pristine wilderness areas that I’ve been lucky to visit. Even with the crowds and destruction, the area is still fun to explore, for now.