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The Wave at Coyote Buttes

Coyote Buttes, Big Water, UT
435-644-5923
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Ranked #1 of 11 attractions in Big Water
Type: Geologic Formations
Activities: Hiking, Dining
Owner description: The Wave is a sandstone rock formation located near Big Water, Utah on the slopes of the Coyote Buttes, in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs... more » Owner description: The Wave is a sandstone rock formation located near Big Water, Utah on the slopes of the Coyote Buttes, in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, on the Colorado Plateau. It is famous among hikers and photographers for its colorful, undulating forms, and the rugged, trackless hike required to reach it. « less
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San Francisco
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We stayed in Kanab and went to the lottery 6 days in a row, Sunday thru Friday. There were 50-70 people there every day and we never got a permit. There were many others who showed up multiple times and were also unsuccessful.

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Kanab, Utah
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55 reviews 55 reviews
32 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Ever since the Wave started getting published on everyone's list of things to see before they die, it hasn't been necessary to tell anybody how amazingly beautiful it is. But you know, what often gets left out is how gorgeous the entire South Coyote Buttes area is! People just hike to the Wave and back and think they've seen all... More

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Rancho Santa Fe, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
24 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

As stated many time before if you can get your hands on a permit - DO IT!! This was a fabulous day and we enjoyed the beauty of the area. However I have to chuckle at all the folks on here that say the hike is easy or no problem...I'm in pretty good shape, I exercise 3-4 times a week,... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Endless beauty and awe. The hike to the Wave has wonderful side hikes to amazing rock formations. After the Wave keep hiking up to the amphitheaters and arches. And checkout the Milkshake river of sediment that looks like a chocolate/vanilla striped raceway. And the Wave, well what else can one say. The whole area is worth the lottery. If you... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

I consider myself a lucky man to have had the opportunity to visit the Wave. My wife and I enjoyed the roughly eight miles round trip hike, but it is truly remote. The BLM photo map was plenty sufficient as often mentioned in the reviews, but with a hint of caution to remain aware and pay attention. Ensure plenty of... More

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Irvine, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
16 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

Like everyone that goes to the Wave, Coyote Buttes North in Vermillion Cliffs in northern Arizona, I had to enter the lottery drawing for one of the 20 permits issued daily. I entered on Sept. 1 for a December date. I was chosen for Dec. 3. I booked my hotel in Kanab, Holiday Inn Express. It is close to the... More

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Ruthin, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

I was lucky enough to get a permit to visit The Wave in September '13 while visiting my two cousins who live in Tucson. We are all women, not young, aged 78 ( Me. I also have 2 hip replacements), 78 and 74 but experienced hikers. We had heard stories of the dangers and difficulties, even warned to take a... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Visited The Wave in late June. If you get the opportunity to hike here you probably don't need to read reviews to find out about its beauty so I'll give some practical tips for your hike if your doing it during the summer months: 1. Bring lots of water- This cannot be overstated enough. It's better to have too much... More

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Santa Cruz, California, United States
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65 reviews 65 reviews
54 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

Truly beautiful despite very high expectations. We got there mid-day and the light for photography was fine although it might be better/worse at other times of day. The hike in is very scenic and not too demanding, but you definitely need to know where you are going. We used satellite images from google earth and it was very helpful. Be... More

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montana
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166 reviews 166 reviews
51 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

If you can get a permit you really should make time to go and see this amazing place. It is outstanding. The permits are hard to get and tougher to pick up but worth the privilege if you get it.

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