• Activities:

    Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    0.5 Miles

Scenic

Hike to a white sandstone corkscrew shaped rock and explore the surrounding area with more unique features.

Like the submarine in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea, Jules Verne called it "A Masterpiece Containing Masterpieces." The Nautilus, what some say is shaped like a corkscrew or a sea shell, is a white sandstone formation with multiple colors, shapes and textures. This makes it a great place for photography. But please use caution and care when visiting this location. The sandstone is very fragile and can be damaged quite easily. Some of the edges are very thin and can break off with a light touch. Leave no trace and tread softly.

The best time to photograph the Nautilus is early morning, late afternoons or overcast days so that you avoid the harsh light and contrasting shade.

To get there, take Highway 89, exit at the Paria Contact Station and follow the dirt road for 1.5 miles towards the White House trailhead. The trail is the last wash before the White House trailhead parking. There is a small section to the right of the wash to park. Head East in the wash for half a mile. The Nautilus is located on the right side of the wash. Look for the large rock formation with the yellow horizontal stripes.

Pack List

  • Good Hiking Shoes
  • Camera
  • Water
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There are so many great hikes in this area and this is a great one to add to your list if you are in the area. We didn't see anyone else while hiking, which was super cool.

11 months ago
11 months ago

John Loyola

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