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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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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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great hike

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
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Calgary, Canada
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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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Mesa, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 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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New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 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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Quincy, Massachusetts
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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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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

We won the BLM lottery, and worried about whether to use a guide, having been warned of bad roads and getting lost on the supposedly non-existent trail. House Rock Valley Road doesn't need 4-wheel drive unless it's wet. Some sand. We had a GPS with waypoints from BLM literature. We also used the photos showing landmarks sent after one of... More 

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Ormskirk
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 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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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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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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