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The Wave at Coyote Buttes

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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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A must do in anyone's bucket list

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW 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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3 helpful votes 3 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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