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Although it took us a lot of waiting, it was all worth it! We applied for on-line permits, which is... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Amazing and beautiful! And some things I found useful...

Well worth the two in-person attempts to win the permit lottery at the BLM office in Kanab! I went... read more

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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...more
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Although it took us a lot of waiting, it was all worth it! We applied for on-line permits, which is recommended, and everything was organized, we got our permits long before our trip was scheduled. The place is amazing! Although there were a few markers,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well worth the two in-person attempts to win the permit lottery at the BLM office in Kanab! I went on a Monday and Tuesday in early/mid December. For both drawings, about 35 people showed up. After winning the 2nd time, I stayed afterwards for the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
3  Thank Richard H
Reviewed December 11, 2018

It took us about 30 tries (about half online tries and half in-person) but we finally won a permit to North Coyote Buttes (The Wave) at an in- person lottery. Despite the threat of bad weather, (we hired Kanab tour Company to take us) we...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank MikeW154
Reviewed November 16, 2018

We hiked the Wave on 11/13/18. The road in from Rte 89 to the TH was in very good shape (about 9 miles on gravel/dirt road). The TH has two pit toilets but no water The hike was 3+ miles OW and I'd rate it...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank Peter K
Reviewed October 21, 2018 via mobile

I had the good fortune to get a permit via the online lottery. As I was traveling solo, I hired a guide from Kanab Tour Company, to see The Wave and much more. The Wave is as spectacular as nature gets! But also go for...More

Date of experience: October 2018
5  Thank RedYoga
Reviewed October 12, 2018

An amazing experience. Words can’t describe the beauty of this magnificent rock formation ... it really is a “you have to be there to feel it” moment & no amount of imagination can come close to the amazement you feel when you first set eyes...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank Lynziswez
Reviewed September 18, 2018

-unique experience winning the lottery -start early around 6am -House rock valley road is lengthy and rocky; takes around 30mins to get to parking -google map all other attractions nearby such as 2nd wave; Alcove, Hamburger, dinosaur tracks, hidden pelygraphs -just look out for the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Vi E
Reviewed September 18, 2018

Only once in Kanab did I realize The Wave was nearby. Until after having spoken to friends from California did I realize a lottery was involved to secure a permit for the hike. Lucky for us, the party number that was drawn before us went...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank TwinCreek
Reviewed September 6, 2018 via mobile

As with most of nature’s beauty, pictures don’t do this place justice. The overall hike is a moderate one. The hike up the sand dunes at the end is strenuous, but well worth it. Go early in the morning if it’s going to be hot,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed September 1, 2018 via mobile

We enlisted Deena Farmer of Fit for Adventures to be our guide to The Wave since we were 61 and 75 years old and it’s very hot the end of August! Deena made sure we didn’t get lost and paid attention to our comfort and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Lacey H
December 28, 2018|
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Response from Lynziswez | Reviewed this property |
Hi we have been blessed to have done all the above, as we were lucky enough to win the online lottery for the Wave 3 months before travelling from the UK. We have done Sedona twice. First time 16 days June 2016 travelling... More
November 19, 2018|
Response from Grayee | Reviewed this property |
From mid-March to Mid November, walk-in permits can be obtained seven (7) days a week. From mid-November through mid-March, walk-in permits are issued Monday-Friday, except for federal holidays (including Thanksgiving... More
August 3, 2018|
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Response from UFPAGator | Reviewed this property |
No definitely not. It’s around 7 miles round trip and up and down some hills. It was very hot when we went as well. I wouldn’t take anyone without experience hiking.
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Lake Cathie, Australia
South Coyote Buttes entry trail (7 Replies)
We were unlucky (expected) and did not win the lottery for the Wave but would like to go to South Coyote Buttes instead. I am not sure what entry and exit trail to put on the permit application. Could someone please advise. We would go with a guide as we will have a hire car but not sure with what company as yet. Sorry but need an answer quickly so would appreciate a fast response.
August 01, 2013|
Response fromlvziggy|
I'm pretty sure you just apply for the South Coyote Buttes permit. There isn't really an entry/exit trail. You say you will go with a guide and have a rental car. I'm not sure exactly what you mean by that, but Coyote Buttes South is one place you definitely need a high clearance 4x4 because you have to drive through a lot of really deep sand to get out there. A guide should have their own vehicle that would be sufficent I would think.
Where to stay & Upper Antelope Canyon (39 Replies)
We will be in Page in April 2011 on Sunday, on our way to The Wave. 2 questions - 1. Any recommendations for where to stay in Page? 2. I see that the recommended tour of Upper Antelope Canyon is with Chief Tsosie's Tours. However, they do not operate on Sundays. Any recommendations for other Tour Groups or specific guides for Upper Antelope Canyon? Thanks
January 04, 2011|
Response fromTet14|
Hi In april I would just drive to the parkinglot just east of Page off az98. Pay your entrance fee, park the car and wait for the next tour to the Upper canyon. They start every 15-30 minutes or so. Days Inn is a good hotel in Page and fairly priced. If you want to stay closer to restaurants I'd pick Quality Inn, the Best Westerns or Courtyard by Marriott. If you want to stay right at Lake Powell try Lake Powell Resort some 6 miles west of Page. You'' need a permit for the Wave but you...More
Lee M
Denver, Colorado
The Wave in Coyote Butts North (4 Replies)
Has anyone bushwacked cross country from Stateline campground to The Wave?
February 02, 2016|
Response fromDez40|
Sounds like you are trying to avoid the permitting process, which is in place for a reason.