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The Wave at Coyote Buttes

Address: Coyote Buttes, Big Water, UT
Phone Number: 435-644-5923
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Ranked #2 of 13 Attractions in Big Water
Type: Geologic Formations, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking, Dining
Owner description: The Wave is a sandstone rock formation located near Big Water, Utah on the slopes of the Coyote...
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Type: Geologic Formations, Nature & Parks
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 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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Elizabeth, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 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
24 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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109 reviews 109 reviews
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71 helpful votes 71 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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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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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
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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152 helpful votes 152 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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