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“Beautiful Wilderness”

The Wave at Coyote Buttes
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Big Water
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed February 25, 2012

"The Wave" is actually an old sea bed that have formed over centuries of wind and water. It is out in the middle of nowhere and is not for the faint of heart to reach. It requires about a 7 mile hike round trip and access is VERY limited by the Grand Staircase National Monument. Only about twenty passes are allowed each day. Remember, even though this is called the wave, it is in the middle of unforgiving desert and you must pack in alot of water for the full day trip. But the lucky few who get the passes to hike to this location are well rewarded with it's beauty!

3  Thank cowboykathy
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Reviewed February 21, 2012

We went on a blustery wintry day and had The Wave almost to ourselves. Not that it is every crowded since the BLM only issues a handful of permits each day (if you miss the online lottery there is a day-before lottery held at the BLM Visitor Ctr. here in Kanab). The place is unlike any other place I've ever been (& I've traveled half the world); quiet except for a slight hum of wind, the striated rocks underfoot and surrounding you look like they are still in motion and roll like waves. Leave time to quietly lose yourself in the place and find its perches, slots. Dogs on leash are allowed, my terrier Snuffles enjoyed it as much as I did.

4  Thank Laurel A
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Reviewed January 15, 2012

Well, what can I say... we went here in December 2009 (not 2011, sorry could not choose 2009!!). We have seen a lot of the world, many beautiful places, but this one is still the most beautiful place on earth.

The experience of getting there, the clear blue skies in combination with some snow on the mountains and then the wave itself.... WAUW!

Hopefully they keep it as restricted as it is nowadays...just a few people per day...

oww and when we where there, we did not need to do the lottery as nobody else was there :)

4  Thank Niels_Maaike_NL
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

We had tried the online lottery for 2 months but didnt get anything. We then turned up at the visitor centre for the following days lottery but again were unsuccessful.

The rangers are very, very helpful and friendly and despite being unsuccessful, we were directed down to Wire Pass for a walk through the slot canyons there and they were amazing - was very quiet with hardly anyone around and you could walk as far as you wanted before turning around.

If we find ourselves in the region again I will definitely attempt The Wave again!!!

8  Thank TonyJudge
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Reviewed November 27, 2011

We have made four trips now to the Southwest and have done the Lake Powell - Coloardo Float Trip - all the other hikes - but was hesitant to try this one as we thought it might be too difficult - it was just fine - just bring water and watch your steps when you walk - like someone said earlier - we stayed at Dreamkatchers Bed and Breakfast in Big Water - just about 10 minutes away - had a fantastic leisure breakfast - we got our permits online - so we had our luxury home base bed and breakfast - did our hiking and came back to the hot tub awaiting our sore muscles - we have already decided we are going to do this one again next year

6  Thank Utravelwithme
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