Coyote Butte South
Trip Start Mar 02, 2011
192Trip End Oct 14, 2011
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Since I didn't get a permit for Coyote Butte North at the yesterday yesterday, I picked up a permit for Coyote Butte South. If Coyote Butte North didn't have the Wave then everyone would want to go to Coyote Butte South but the way it is now, everyone wants to go see the Wave and Coyote Butte South permits are easy to get.
If Coyote Butte South doesn't get the prize for the strangest landscape in the country, it's at least a strong contender. It doesn't have any one feature quite as striking as the Wave but instead has hundreds of acres of surreal landscape. There are hoodoos, weird hills shaped like teepees, wildly striated rocks with lots of cross-bedding, strange colors, layers of rocks that look like they melted and re-hardened, wrinkled rocks that look like brains, layers of limestone broken up into hexagonal patterns and hills that look like giant stacks of pancakes. Your surrounded by a landscape where nothing looks like anything you've ever seen before.
I stayed out on the butte until just before sunset. I rushed back to my car and onto the sandy roads to the Stateline Campground where I spent the night.