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These colourful sandstone swirls are part of a national monument and popular hiking destination

Fact 1: This area was designated a national monument in the year 2000. After rain the water and quartz in the sandstone together bend light, creating the colours of the rainbow.

Fact 2: A permit is required for hiking and overnight trips to the area. Potential hazards include rugged and unmarked roads, poisonous reptiles and insects, extreme heat or cold, deep sand, and flash floods.

Fact 3: The monument is home to a growing number of California condors, an endangered species. Each year, condors hatched and raised in a captive breeding program are released back into the wild.

This is The Wave, Coyote Buttes area, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona, USA