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Address: Coyote Buttes, Big Water, UT
Phone Number: +1 435-644-5923
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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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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Albany, New York
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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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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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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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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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Streamwood, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016

We were lucky enough to win a permit to hike to The Wave. The road into the parking lot is ungraded, muddy if wet, and may require driving through rushing water. A 4 wheel drive vehicle is highly recommended. We chose to hire a guide to take us in and it was a good plan. We had rain so getting... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

Won the lottery on day 2 of our stay in Kanab (!) and quickly realized that we needed a 4 wd high clearance vehicle to navigate the road to the TH. Hired Larry and Kat from Kanab Tour Co and so glad we did-- they made an incredible hike even more spectacular! They shared dinosaur prints, even more stunning views... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

Was lucky enough to win a spot in the lottery. Not sure what I was expecting, but it blew me away. The hike is hot (in September), unmarked and a good slog across uneven and rocky ground. Once at The Wave, it just blew me away. We were about 10 to begin with, but after I had a good wander... More 

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