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Address: Coyote Buttes, Big Water, UT
Phone Number: 435-644-5923
Activities: Hiking, Dining
Description: The Wave is a sandstone rock formation located near Big Water, Utah on the...
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.
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We did the online lottery in December from the UK for our journey due in April. All 3 attempts were unsuccessful so we decided to give it 3 attempts at the walk in lottery before... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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Ormskirk
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112 reviews 112 reviews
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

We did the online lottery in December from the UK for our journey due in April. All 3 attempts were unsuccessful so we decided to give it 3 attempts at the walk in lottery before moving on with our road trip. There were 150 people per day applying and we were so lucky enough to be selected on our first... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We were very lucky to draw a permit for The Wave. We had seen so many amazing pictures and we were not disappointed. It may seem relatively small but the colorful twisting sandstones are utterly stunning. The hike can be strenuous, especially I guess in the summer months as there is barely no shade on the way. We contacted Seeking... More 

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New York City, New York
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 via mobile

Utterly beautiful and stunning. The lottery thing they have is definitely a good idea. I can't imagine enjoying it with crowds of people hogging up all the space. DEFINITELY BRING SUN SCREEN. ANYTIME OF THE YEAR. I went in late February with temperatures barely reaching 50 and I got a nasty sunburn on my face and neck. There's almost no... More 

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Elizabeth, Illinois
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6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

This place is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. Photos do not do it justice. It took 3 days to get a permit and it was well worth it

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Marysville, Washington
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134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Good luck getting a lottery spot. If you are so lucky, have a great hike. We did this on a day when we started from the parking lot, checking the temperature to be 25 degrees. With more than a gallon per person, I was glad for the amount of water we carried. In the summer I would want even more.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

As those who research know very well, the "Wave" is really amazing and like nothing else in the whole world. But, what you may know until you go is how difficult it is to actually get there. The impossibilities not only start with the first step of trying to get a permit. But, you are really feel the pain when... More 

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Boston
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

We were very lucky to have won the lottery for a permit to the WAVE on Jan. 7, 2015. First, it was an amazing place to be and to see! Second, Tiffany who is from nationalparktourz.com is a wonderful hiking guide! Despite the hash hiking condition, she did lead us to the WAVE and many other magnificent places in the... More 

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Cape May, New Jersey
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

I won my permit through the online application and went through via wire pass. The hike one way is around 2 hours, but can take longer if you're a photo bug. To get to the trail, you have to drive a dirt road 11+ miles. Use caution/judgement as the road can be difficult when wet. I went while it was... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

We were lucky enough to get drawn on our 2nd (and final) day the direction consist if 6 photos with 3-4 lines of description each guiding you in and 6 more guiding you out. But the fact that only 20 people per day are permitted makes this a very special place. I only hope for future visitors this place stays... More 

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Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
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76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Consider ourselves very lucky to have won the lottery for a permit to the wave. It was a total of a 3 hour hike in and out of the wave (6.4 miles). Unlike most permit holders, we spent 3 hours enjoying the wave. Most of the people with permits the day we went, started out on the one day adventure... More 

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