Directions to The White Pocket

It is quite difficult to get to the White Pocket, and a high clearance four wheel drive vehicle is definitely needed due to deep sand. The White Pocket is often combined with a trip to Coyote Buttes South so I will give directions from there as well. Due to the bad roads after shooting at the White Pocket I recommend camping at the trailhead overnight and driving out the next morning.

Best Route

If you are coming from the North take House Rock Road about 20 miles to BLM 1017 (called Pine Tree Road) on the google map below, in green. After about three miles bear right and continue on Pine Tree Road (in blue). 6.1 miles from the intersection with House Rock Road reset your odometer and turn left. The general direction of the road you are traveling on is NNE. Go through the gate and continue 3.9 miles where you will bear left. Continue another 5.4 miles and you will see the main White Pocket parking area on your left. Alternatively you can continue straight for another .3 miles down a sandy hill to a second flat rocky area where you can also park. If you are camping this second area offers more privacy but the last sandy hill will present problems for some on the return.

From the main parking area just head due West on the well defined trail to the White Pocket.

Notes for your return - 0.5 miles after you leave the White Pocket bear right, the left fork goes to Hole in the Rock arch. 1.4 miles after you leave the White Pocket you will reach an intersection, bear left here to retrace your route. If you go right you will soon hit a steep up hill which could be troublesome for some cars. As of August 2011 the road was almost impassable in the uphill direction.

Route from Coyote Buttes South

From Pawhole take the "Shortcut" Road East from Pawhole 2.8 miles to Poverty Flat. The road is shown in red on the map. This road has a steep uphill near Pawhole and can be difficult in dry conditions. Then follow the Poverty Flat directions below.

From the Cottonwood Cove trailhead take the road in blue 2.4 miles South to Poverty Flat.

From Poverty Flat take the Red Road Northeast, then East 4.5 miles, then bear left and continue 1.4 miles to the White Pocket trailhead. This road has a steep downhill about 4 miles from Poverty Flat. The road is much easier to traverse going to the White Pocket than from it.

Directions to Other Areas in the Sand Hills / Vermilion Cliffs

Map of Vermilion Ciffs

The following map covers an extremely large area and is a work in progress. It covers most of the Vermilion Cliffs NM. Vermilion Cliffs NM is BLM land and is open to the public. There is some state owned and private land in the area, click here to see the large scale official BLM map showing ownership and to place the map in context.

Caution - Some of the roads shown have not been driven by me and may be closed or impassable. The main routes to Coyote Buttes South and The White Pocket have been verified however.

The map below not only covers The White Pocket but also Coyote Buttes South and the entire Sand Hills area. The map has many layers. Layers can be turned on or off to zoom in on areas of particular interest. I suggest you view the map using the View larger option below. Then use the check boxes at the left to turn on and off particular features of interest. To the best of my knowledge it is not possible to turn the overlay off in Bing maps.

To view the map larger please click on the box in the upper right corner of the map, or choose:

View The White Pocket in a Bing Map.

 


Topo Maps Covering Sand Hills

Vermilion Cliffs is largely covered by 13 USGS 24K topo maps. The White Pocket is covered by the Poverty Flat Map. The roads to it are covered by the Coyote Buttes, House Rock Spring, and One Toe Ridge maps.

For reference here is an image showing the names of all 13 topo maps and their location. The topo maps can be downloaded following this image.

The table below contains the topo maps in a variety of formats. KMZ overlay files can be opened with Google Earth, and Oruxmap files can be opened with oruxmaps, a free mapping app for android phones and tablets. USGS topo maps contain a white border (called the collar) which contains information such as the map name, names of neighboring maps, date the map was created, latitude and longitude reference lines, ... While collars are very useful on printed maps, the information on the collar is much less useful for computer use. Maps with the collar removed can also be downloaded in the table below.

24K Topo Map (GeoTIFF) KMZ Overlay file Oruxmap formatted KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared
Bridger Point KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared
Coyote Buttes KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared
Emmett Hill KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared
Emmett Wash KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared
House Rock Spring KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared
Navajo Bridge KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared
One Toe Ridge KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared
Pine Hollow Canyon KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared
Poverty Flat KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared
The Big Knoll KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared
Water Pockets KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared
West Clark Bench KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared
Wrather Arch KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared

 


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