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The Wave at Coyote Buttes

Coyote Buttes, Big Water, UT
+1 435-644-5923
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Amazing hike - worth waiting at the lottery

Amazing hike once you get to the Wave. The hike there was great in the early morning but got less... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
UFPAGator
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Beyond remarkable

We did not have enough luck to nail the online permits but we still decided to get to Kanab to try... read more

Reviewed May 27, 2018
Grayee
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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, undulating forms, and the rugged, trackless hike required to reach it.
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Coyote Buttes, Big Water, UT
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing hike once you get to the Wave. The hike there was great in the early morning but got less pleasant on the way back in the heat. I suggest leaving at 6am or before to beat the heat for at least half the hike....More

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Reviewed May 27, 2018 via mobile

We did not have enough luck to nail the online permits but we still decided to get to Kanab to try the lottery. We were taking a couple of tours with Kanab Tour Company and thus, we had someone to stand in for the draw...More

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Reviewed May 13, 2018 via mobile

If u r in the Kanab area, u have Got!!! to try the lottery in the BLM. It is held every day at 9am. Registration starts for free at 830am. As a winner after a failed first attempt last month, I can say for sure,...More

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Reviewed April 22, 2018

During the winter months, they have the lottery to hike Saturday, Sunday, and Monday on Friday morning. I thought this would improve my chances and it did. I got picked to hike Monday because a bunch of people left after they picked for Saturday and...More

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Reviewed March 18, 2018

Our family of four, including two teenagers, had the privilege of hiking to the Wave in Arizona via the online lottery, it was our third attempt. I entered the lottery at the end of November 2017 for March of 2018, looking at the number of...More

6  Thank Mina G
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Reviewed February 18, 2018

Knowing I was going to Kanab I looked up the best hikes in the area. I read the reviews about The Wave and decided it was worth a try to get in on this hike. OMGosh! When they say lottery, they mean it. So to...More

11  Thank Wiskerlikins
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Reviewed February 6, 2018

4 attempts at the online lottery and finally success. 108,000 applicants for 7300 permits in 2017. Is it worth it in a word yes. Great hike in to a rather special rock formations resembling Waves. It takes some route finding skills but if you use...More

1  Thank Spuddler
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Reviewed February 2, 2018

Just been turned down for the Sixth time, not happy! Will try again for October! So everyone else who will apply then please don't as I want to do this before I die! Thanks

3  Thank PhilandMarcella2015
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Reviewed January 21, 2018 via mobile

The Wave is a great hike with a view you will never forget. Go early if you hike in the summer heat. The only catch to this hike is the lottery to get tickets to do the hike. We applied online for the 10 available...More

2  Thank pbk32BH
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Reviewed January 15, 2018 via mobile

First you have to enter a lottery to get granted access to this hike. You have to apply the month before you want to go. It’s $5 per application. It took us 8 months of trying to be awarded finally. If you just show up...More

7  Thank Lindsay K
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jpalmer720
June 15, 2018|
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Response from DavidByk | Reviewed this property |
No, 4 miles hike from any road. It sits in a small valley, you can't even see it from 100 yards away.
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Conrad1903
May 24, 2018|
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Response from DavidByk | Reviewed this property |
Start at sunup if you like, It's 90-120 minute hike in. I would plan on spending 2 hours there and another 2 hours out. Maximum of 20 people per day on the trial. Be sure to sign out when leaving. The list is checked... More
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AZJNB70
April 13, 2018|
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Response from Utah801ski | Reviewed this property |
You must have a permit, but beyond that no guide is necessary. We used a GPS unit, but as others have commented, phone-based GPS might be sufficient. When we hiked in October, there were others around. Together with the... More
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