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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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I've been here six times and each was amazing. What a delicate and special location for one to see. Get the permit, pay attention while going to and from. Bring lots of water... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been here six times and each was amazing. What a delicate and special location for one to see. Get the permit, pay attention while going to and from. Bring lots of water and goodies to eat and be kind to the area. Such a special place.

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McLean, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited in dec 2015 as hubby didnt want to drive from monument valley to arches and then back to las vegas. So we thought to stay in Kanab for one more night and try our luck. We got through the lottery,went to the BLM office very early. We were staying at the quality Inn which is basically the side... More 

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Portales, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This will probably go down as one of my favorite hikes of all time. Obviously The Wave is the most popular attraction, but the entire scenery of North Coyote Buttes is full of picturesque geological formations. We hiked it after a snowstorm which made footing a little difficult on some of the bedrock and resulted in both of us slipping... More 

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Murray, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017

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 December 25, 2016

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 December 18, 2016

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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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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