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The Wave at Coyote Buttes

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Address: Coyote Buttes, Big Water, UT
Phone Number: 435-644-5923
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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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our triple luck!

1. We won the online lottery almost 4 months in advance 2. Being the end of January, there was a high chance of snowstorm and the Wave could be covered (which would be such a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
K N
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Los Angeles
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Los Angeles
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39 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

1. We won the online lottery almost 4 months in advance 2. Being the end of January, there was a high chance of snowstorm and the Wave could be covered (which would be such a pity not to see the full Wave). But on the day we went, the weather was really nice (not too hot like the summer) and... More 

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Thank K N
West Palm Beach, Florida
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

This is hands down, one of the coolest things I have ever done. I won the lottery after only doing it twice and was so excited to go. I love that they limit the amount of people that can travel here as I'm positive it would be total chaos if they did not do that. We went in August and... More 

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1 Thank BrittanyRenee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Got the lucky draw for Oct 8, 2015. The weather is perfect and even see the reflection of the wave after rain couple days ago. Easy to navigate according to the map than GPS. If had more time, should go further beyond the second wave

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2 Thank Jennifer D
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015 via mobile

This trip is not just about the wave. The round-trip hike is gorgeous, through and through. Unless you live nearby, I recommend trying to get the permit online a few months before, instead of showing up for the lotto the day before. My entire southwest trip pivoted on when I would get the permit. I got it on my second... More 

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4 Thank Jeremy S
Pasadena, California
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

Stunning natural formation! We were so lucky to be able to see this gem. Would definitely recommend.

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1 Thank Caroline L
Salt Lake City, Utah
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38 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

I'm not going to spend time writing about the beauty of this place-you can google it and see for yourself. I just want to share a couple of hints that I hope will help those who have concerns or questions. First, the permit system seems daunting, but if you aren't trying for the high season, you can get lucky. I... More 

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12 Thank operacarol
Calgary, Canada
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79 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Great hike in this absolutely photo perfect place. It is hard to get a permit but don't give up, it took us three days odf try, but it worked out.

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3 Thank Quasarphoto
Mesa, Arizona
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31 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

If you can score one of the few passes consider yourself lucky. The trailhead is in Utah but the Wave is in Arizona. It's not easy to find and the hike is not a cakewalk. The first trailhead is near the highway and is easily accessible with any car. Then there is a 20-30 minute ride over a rough road... More 

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2 Thank davidmesaaz
New Hampshire
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15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Fifteen years ago, this attraction was still unknown and we got a permit with no problem. Last month, we waited with 140 others for 10 openings. The BLM staff handled the lottery very well, but I want to say to the hiking and photographing public--"Back off." There are infinite possibilities for hiking and photographing incredible rock formations all over southern... More 

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7 Thank Emma101NH
Quincy, Massachusetts
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

We were lucky and were selected in the online lottery to visit the North Coyote Buttes as part of a whirlwind four-day tour of some of the highlights of southern Utah, including Mystery Canyon in Zion, a two-day backpack of Buckskin Gulch, and a dayhike to the Wave. The Wave was beautiful, as expected. You can walk around exploring the... More 

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