We had tried the online lottery 4 months in advance and, needless to say, didn't get it. And didn't really think we would win the drawing at the ranger station but thought we would give it a try. We stayed at the Comfort Inn in Kanab and could just walk next door to the ranger station. Thank goodness our number was drawn first because we were unprepared if we had been the 3rd group drawn that morning. That group had to instantaneously make a decision whether they were going to pass or leave someone behind. Be prepared because everyone else wanting a permit is yelling for you to pass. I was so unprepared for this, that I didn't have hiking boots that fit, having just had bunion surgery. There is a nice store in Kanab, Willow Canyon Outdoor, and the girl that helped me has hiked The Wave 4 times so was knowledgeable about the slick rock and I got a great pair of boots. If you go in August, as we did, plan to start at dawn because it gets HOT! We luckily or unluckily had an afternoon storm blow in that unfortunately cut our time short, but I can't imagine the hike back if we hadn't had that cloud cover. Not much more to offer--just fabulous and hope to win again some day.
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