White Pocket is well hidden within the vast Paria Canyon-Vermillion Cliffs National Monument near the Arizona/Utah border. When you are there you lose any sense of just how close you might be to small towns that themselves are already in the middle of nowhere! The northern access road (House Rock Valley) is about 40 miles east of Kanab off of Highway 89 and can quickly become impassable in wet weather. Once you've made the eastward turn at Lone Tree Reservoir you'll want to air down the tires and engage 4WD for the deep sand. Many inexperienced drivers have paid hefty fees to have their vehicles rescued from this dry cousin of quicksand.
The road is still a great delight to drive with twists and turns, brief expanses of slick rock and lots and lots of deep sand. The rocky knobs that protrude from the ground are perfect backdrops to photos that exclaim "I survived the drive!"
There are still cattle grazing so be sure to close the gates that you pass thru.
Occasional decaying structures are all that remain of someone's dreams.
Even as the rocks faded into silhouettes the expansive western sky continued to enthrall us.
This small alcove reminded me of Lake Powell
I can almost imagine a face in this shape akin to the stone figures on Easter Island.
Mexican Hat Rock
Utah's Gooseneck State Reserve, where the San Juan River acts serpentine before surrendering to the embrace of the deep waters of Lake Powell.
A bazillion of the world's nastiest Russian tumbleweeds that made desert pinstriping into a felony assault on vehicle paint. Screeeeech!
At last, the Johns Canyon shelf road above the San Juan River, but those dark clouds are already dampening the enthusiasim to go very far. This canyon leads into the Glen Canyon National Resource Area.