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The Wave at Coyote Buttes

Coyote Buttes, Big Water, UT
+1 435-644-5923
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The Wave

First you have to enter a lottery to get granted access to this hike. You have to apply the month... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Lindsay K
via mobile
This must be on everybody’s bucket list

This is just an unbelievable place. First you must obtain a permit by lottery. They only allow 20... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Broken Arrow, United States
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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 days ago 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

Thank Lindsay K
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is just an unbelievable place. First you must obtain a permit by lottery. They only allow 20 permits per day. It took me 4 years to get my permit but the wait was worth it. You must be in excellent physical condition to do...More

Thank DavidByk
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

My husband and myself were so lucky to win lottery to visit The Wave for 25 October 17. We engaged Kanab Tour Company (KTB) and Tiffany was our guide. She was an excellent, professional, caring, friendly and especially patient guide who brought us, safe and...More

1  Thank minfungk
Reviewed 22 October 2017

All the extra work in getting the permit makes this place more special. I highly recommend marking all the attractions coordinates on your phone before visiting - the Wave, Boneyard, Second wave, Sand Cove, etc. the coordinates make you visit much much more efficient.

Thank l-_-Sheila-_-l
Reviewed 17 October 2017

This is was my second time visiting North Coyote Buttes and it was as spectacular as the last time.. actually it was event better as we had perfect weather. The first time I was here was in July with temperatures reached 100 so hiking in...More

3  Thank slorin721
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

We were lucky enough to win lottery passes on our first try and it was amazing! Beautiful and so far unspoiled. Hike in is also worthwhile and not strenuous. They were checking passes while we were there so don't chance it. I hear the fine...More

1  Thank Utah801ski
Reviewed 28 September 2017

It's no easy to reach (for path and for... shuffle to win) but it's amazing place really! It seems over the world and the only right word is.... incredible!

Thank Stefano L
Reviewed 17 September 2017

Such a geologically fun place to visit. It's like stepping into a Dr. Seuss book! We got a lottery permit for December 2014. We packed in dresses to wear for fun. Stopping at the Grand Canyon before Coyote Buttes extended the red rock bonanza.

Thank ShawnAlexandra
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

A friend won the lottery for Jan 2016 I believe or maybe it was 2015. Anyway , the wather was sketchy, it rained for days, red clay was supper slippery to drive through. The day of our visit to the Wave we woke up to...More

2  Thank Tatyana K
Reviewed 29 July 2017

I enjoyed every minute of the experience. Won the in house lotto, last number to be called. Be sure to bring plenty of water in the hot dessert hike.

2  Thank maeganpta
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Lauren S
6 January 2018|
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Response from Utah801ski | Reviewed this property |
If you google, you can find lots of sites that describe the area and history. Definitely visit the BLM site for Coyote Buttes, which details the lottery system and includes videos. Sorry, TA does not allow me to post the... More
Inhyang C
6 October 2017|
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Response from Johan H | Reviewed this property |
It is a rather long walk back and forward. It is not to hilly, but your mum needs be able to walk for at least 4 hours
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nick k
21 August 2017|
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Response from nick k |
Thanks Beatriz Got it. It's on Chinle Drive. Best to stay at the Quality Inn, just next door (100m). Can't get any nearer. We miraculously got a permit on our 2nd (& last) attempt. The trek is no joke. Terrain is undulating... More