The Arizona Strip is the area in northern Arizona that lies north of the Colorado River. It is a unique part of the state, as the terrain is more like southern Utah and Nevada. It is a barren, red rock, and canyon country with desert vegetation. The strip includes picturesque places like the north rim of the Grand Canyon, northern Lake Mead, and the Vermilion Cliffs.
Vermilion Cliffs is made up of sandstone, silt stone, limestone, and shale. The formations are thought to be eroded from water and wind over millions of years, exposing many layers of colors in the buttes, mesas, and canyons. There is much wildlife in the area including: the California Condor, Bald Eagle, Pronghorn, Mountain Lion, and various lizards. The Vermilion Cliffs in place where an experimental population of California Condors was released for reintroduction back into the wild in 1996. It was part of the California Condor Restoration program set up by the Peregrine Fund.