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The Wave at Coyote Buttes

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Address: Coyote Buttes, Big Water, UT
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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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Better than what I saw online and would come back again. Like most of us, I have seen this place online more than once. But the real experience is better than a thousand words... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Murray, Utah
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Murray, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Better than what I saw online and would come back again. Like most of us, I have seen this place online more than once. But the real experience is better than a thousand words OR photos. I would come back again when possible to explore more spots. Can be very hot in the summer, icy in the winter, and muddy... More 

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St. George, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Even if you've been to the wave you'll want to see it again with snow - absolutely spectacular. Yes, it can be hard to get a permit, but I went today - Christmas Day - and, talking with a BLM employee on site, it appears that they were at barely over half-capacity. So don't pass up the wave just because... More 

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Gilbert, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been many places, but this is the most beautiful location I've ever visited- certainly the best hike. Others may enjoy the beauty of a beach or alpine setting, but if you love the Southwest, you just can't do better. Just like taking a picture of the Grand Canyon can't compare to standing on its edge, looking at pictures... More 

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016

Wind and water over thousands of years created this truly magnificent sight; best of all, it is not overrun by tourists and we hope it stays that way. To hike to The Wave and its surroundings requires a day permit because the number of hikers is limited to 20 per day. We had been trying to get a permit online... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016 via mobile

If you happen to be in Kanab for some days I will truly recommend going to the lottery and apply for a permit to visit "The Wave" its a magical place, unspoiled and inspiring! Otherwise you can apply online many months in advance!! Good luck!!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016

To start, the Wave is truly an amazing sight. Formed by wind and water over thousands of years. It is definitely a must see. That said, it is not all that easy to see. All visitors require a permit. The permit system is controlled by lottery. Half of the available daily slots for Coyote Buttes North and Coyote Buttes South... More 

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Fort Worth
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016

I will start of and say I was extremely lucky as I had won the online lottery for the Coyote Buttes south and this does not allow you to see the Wave which is in Coyote Buttes North. I picked up my permit on Monday for the South and went back on Tuesday to enter the walk in lottery for... More 

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Santiago, Chile
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

The Wave really is as spectacular as you hope it will be. It is also only a very small part of a very large and beautiful (though also hostile and potentially dangerous) environment. I am so so glad I hired a guide (Jeff from Grand Circle Tours). Jeff was able to point out a number of cool sights in addition... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016

OK, I know you've all seen that one iconic photo of The Wave, and it is on your bucket list, and you want to visit it before you die and all that. Well, I have visited the Wave, and it is truly remarkable, but here is a secret: so is most of the canyon country of Utah. Unfortunately, the BLM,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

We applied for a permit 4 months in advance of our October trip in the online lottery and were lucky enough to win a permit which was mailed to us in the UK a few weeks later. I read many reviews to decide whether to take a guide or not and was 50/50 but in the end decided to just... More 

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