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The Wave at Coyote Buttes

Coyote Buttes, Big Water, UT
435-644-5923
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Ranked #2 of 13 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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Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
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31 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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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Los Angeles, California
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Just returned from my 3-day trip where I visited "the Wave." Amazing place to say the least. If you've never been there, let me break down to you how the process works. First, you'll need to get a permit to enter the trail and there are 2 different ways to get that permit: 1) enter an online lottery that's held... More

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Zaandam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

A very beautiful place to visit, but you will have to prepare for the following: - This is a backcountry hike. No facilities, no surveillance. You will need to bring anything you need during a normal hike and emergency supplies as well. Most of all: lots and lots of water. - Reaching the parking lot where the hike starts can... More

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Long Beach, California
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201 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

For some reason I've been pretty lucky about getting a permit for the wave since i've done this hike twice. Now they recommend an early start to the hike and the reason is to beat the heat if its done during the summer there is no shade at all. There are cairns along the way, but I would not depend... More

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Lake of the Ozarks
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4 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I felt like I was on the planet in a Avatar sequel. After seeing many iconic pictures of this place, I thought it would be one of those, "it's more scenic in a photograph." But, this is the only place on earth where a picture cannot paint the colors, lines, and curves. I visited in June and since only a... More

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Elko, Nevada
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12 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

For starters...the permit system requires patience. There is clearly a reason why the BLM is so restrictive is access to the Wave. I drew a permit on my 4th try. The Wave is awesome. I did this in June of 2014. This is how I did it...not a recommendation...I'm just sharing my experience. As a long distance runner, I opted... More

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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

You need to win a lottery to get permission. If you lucky enough you get unforgettable 6 miles walk in the very pictures desert and rocks. It can be not easy for aged people and for people in bad physical form but there is nothing extremely actually. I do not want to describe this natural miracle there are no words... More

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Kanab, Utah
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51 helpful votes 51 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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25 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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 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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