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Hike of a Lifetime

It took us about 30 tries (about half online tries and half in-person) but we finally won a permit... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
MikeW154
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McFarland, Wisconsin
Excellent hike and awesome destination. Best light 9 am to 1 pm

We hiked the Wave on 11/13/18. The road in from Rte 89 to the TH was in very good shape (about 9... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Peter K
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Hurricane, Utah
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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...more
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Reviewed 5 days ago

It took us about 30 tries (about half online tries and half in-person) but we finally won a permit to North Coyote Buttes (The Wave) at an in- person lottery. Despite the threat of bad weather, (we hired Kanab tour Company to take us) we...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We hiked the Wave on 11/13/18. The road in from Rte 89 to the TH was in very good shape (about 9 miles on gravel/dirt road). The TH has two pit toilets but no water The hike was 3+ miles OW and I'd rate it...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Peter K
Reviewed October 21, 2018 via mobile

I had the good fortune to get a permit via the online lottery. As I was traveling solo, I hired a guide from Kanab Tour Company, to see The Wave and much more. The Wave is as spectacular as nature gets! But also go for...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 12, 2018

An amazing experience. Words can’t describe the beauty of this magnificent rock formation ... it really is a “you have to be there to feel it” moment & no amount of imagination can come close to the amazement you feel when you first set eyes...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Lynziswez
Reviewed September 18, 2018

-unique experience winning the lottery -start early around 6am -House rock valley road is lengthy and rocky; takes around 30mins to get to parking -google map all other attractions nearby such as 2nd wave; Alcove, Hamburger, dinosaur tracks, hidden pelygraphs -just look out for the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed September 18, 2018

Only once in Kanab did I realize The Wave was nearby. Until after having spoken to friends from California did I realize a lottery was involved to secure a permit for the hike. Lucky for us, the party number that was drawn before us went...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 6, 2018 via mobile

As with most of nature’s beauty, pictures don’t do this place justice. The overall hike is a moderate one. The hike up the sand dunes at the end is strenuous, but well worth it. Go early in the morning if it’s going to be hot,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank SuperK3_0
Reviewed September 1, 2018 via mobile

We enlisted Deena Farmer of Fit for Adventures to be our guide to The Wave since we were 61 and 75 years old and it’s very hot the end of August! Deena made sure we didn’t get lost and paid attention to our comfort and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank kkd0725
Reviewed August 6, 2018

For me a must for anyone who likes beautiful nature and wants to see something special. A long hike awaits you, but quite good to master. Can not be described in words - you have to see it.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

Unknown to use is that you must obtain a visitor's permit which are given away at a lottery the morning of. So, if you go there later in the day, your changes of getting in are near zero. The photos we saw at the visitors...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Daniel-s-Daddy
November 19, 2018|
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Response from Grayee | Reviewed this property |
From mid-March to Mid November, walk-in permits can be obtained seven (7) days a week. From mid-November through mid-March, walk-in permits are issued Monday-Friday, except for federal holidays (including Thanksgiving... More
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rebejames
August 3, 2018|
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No definitely not. It’s around 7 miles round trip and up and down some hills. It was very hot when we went as well. I wouldn’t take anyone without experience hiking.
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jpalmer720
June 15, 2018|
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Response from 273lindsayk | Reviewed this property |
No. You have drive a few miles in with a permit (they check)over creeks etc.(you need a sport utility vehicle) then it’s about a 3 mile hike to the wave & another 3 back to the car.
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