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“Lucky Lottery Winner”

The Wave at Coyote Buttes
Ranked #1 of 18 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.
St. Louis, MO
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23 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Lucky Lottery Winner”
Reviewed September 1, 2012

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.

Visited August 2012
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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“What a beauty”
Reviewed August 31, 2012 via mobile

Utah is spectacular, but this place is just amazing. As beautiful as the delicate arch but thanks to the permit system it is newer overcrowded. If you get the chance to see it (and the wonderful surroundings) you'll never forget it!

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Louisville, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“A must see”
Reviewed August 11, 2012

Very difficulty to get a permit, but if you plan in advance this is a must see on your trip! It is a little difficult to find with following the rock piles, and plan for plenty of water and snacks becuase you are going to want to stay a while. We stayed for several hours watching the way the sun changes the colors in the rock formation. A four star attraction if you are lucky enough to get the permitt.

Visited April 2012
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Cambridgeshire
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“Awesome”
Reviewed June 27, 2012

Must have been my lucky day. First ever entry came up trumps for a solo ticket in June!
Informaiton from the BLM was very accurate and arrived to my overseas address quite quickly. I researched the net for other information and gleaned that the hike is hot in June but only about 3 miles each way. The track to the start point is achievable in an ordinary car so my standard rental would do fine in the dry.
Prepared with water, snacks and good sturdy shoes I made the 8 mile track in the rental fine. I was not alone on the road at 08:30, a convoy of four cars were there too. Hiking to the wave was relatively fine, took just over 1 hour. Joined two other Americans along the way.
The place is awesome. Stayed for 4 hours watching the shadows and light change and also watching the other lucky ones come and go. Found the wave 2 and other interesting sites.
I left at just after 14:00 and hiked back alone, no problems finding the way back. Temperature was about 90+F so a hot hike.
I feel lucky to see this place.

Visited June 2012
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Brownsville, Pennsylvania
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“Nothing Else Like It”
Reviewed May 18, 2012

Yes - it is tough to get a permit. After many failed attempts we got lucky and got an on-line permit - for six! The lottery winners who were at The Wave the day we were there said there were 89 people in line for the lottery the previous day for the ten spots. Yikes! That is a clear indication of how tough a ticket The Wave really is. Lots of locals we had talked with openly stated they had never been to The Wave - can't get a permit! Although the actual Wave formation was much smaller in size than we anticipated, it was a wonder and as beautiful as advertised. When you get to The Wave it is perfectly obvious why BLM only allows 20 hikers daily. A wise decision. The hike to The Wave was not more than two miles, past lots of interesting red rock formations, domes, checkerboards, as you walk to "the big black crack" above The Wave. Overall a great hike and a wonderful experience. This is one that should be on your list.

Visited May 2012
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