The "Wave" is one of the best known rock formations in the Paria Canyon / Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness and many people know the
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The Wave is situated in an area called Coyote Buttes North and a hiking permit is required.
To protect these last remaining areas, in 1984 Congress created the Paria Canyon - Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness. Coyote Buttes' outstanding scenery, desert wildlife, colorful history, and opportunities for primitive recreation will remain free from the influence of man and are protected in this condition for future generations. Its 112,500 acres beckon adventurers who yearn for solitude, scenic splendor, and the chance to explore one of the most beautiful geologic formations in the world.
Distance: about three miles (4.8 kilometers) one-way, over varied terrain. Expect sand, rocks and some short steep sections. How fast you travel depends on several factors: the size of your group; the fitness level of your slowest member; and the pace you wish to travel (quick or leisurely).
Summer temperatures can easily reasch 100F+ (more than 40 degrees Celsius). You must bring your own water and 1 Gallon is the recommended minimum.
Coyote Buttes North fees are $7.00 per person per day and per dog per day. Coyote Buttes South fees are $5.00 per person per day. If you take your dog into Coyote Buttes South, the fee is $5.00 per dog, per day.
There is no self-pay permit at the trailhead/access point. Self-pay permits are only valid for day use within Buckskin Gulch, Paria Canyon and Wire Pass. These permits do not give you access to Coyote Buttes North or South to include the "Wave". Permits for Coyote Buttes North and South must be purchased in advance, either on-line or as a walk-in.
Permits for day hiking in Coyote Buttes can be obtained online on the BLM's website, see web link below this information. For Coyote Buttes North, you can enter the lottery to obtain a permit three months in advance.
If you missed the lottery or are just in the Southern Utah/Northern Arizona area, you can obtain a walk-in permit at the Paria Ranger Station from mid-March to mid-November, seven days a week. From mid-November to mid-March, permits for Coyote Buttes North or Coyote Buttes South can be obtained at the BLM Kanab Field Office, five days a week. The Kanab Field office issues permits for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday on the previous Friday. The Kanab Field office will issue permits for holidays the last work day prior to the holiday. Walk-in permits are valid for the next-day.
Walk-in permit procedures:
Be at the Paria Ranger Station (or the Kanab Field Office in the winter) at 9am Mountain Standard Time (9am Daylight Savings Time in summer).
If there are 10 persons or less seeking permits, you will be issued one on the spot for the next day.
If all ten permits were not issued the previous day, a same day permit may be available.
If there are more than 10 persons seeking a permit, there will be a drawing for the next day's 10 open slots.
Only one person per group may enter the drawing.
If you receive a walk-in permit, you must wait two weeks before you can re-enter the drawing.
From Page, AZ, drive west on Highway 89 for 30 miles (48 kilometers). Look for the BLM Ranger Station sign on the left (south). The Paria Ranger Station is two hundred yards (meters) off Highway 89.
From Kanab, UT, drive east on Highway 89 for 43 miles (62 kilometers). Look for the BLM Ranger Station sign on the right. The Paria Ranger Station is 200 yards (meters) off Highway 89.
BLM - Kanab Field Office, 318 North 100 East, Kanab, Utah 84741, Phone: (435) 644-4600
From Page, AZ, drive west on Highway 89 for 34 miles (55 kilometers). Drive past the BLM Ranger Station and the road to the White House trailhead. Turn left onto House Rock Valley Road. This road is compacted dirt. The Wire Pass trailhead is 8.3 miles (13.4 kilometers) down this dirt road.
From Kanab, UT, drive east on Highway 89 for 38 miles (61 kilometers). Turn right onto House Rock Valley Road. This road is compacted dirt. The Wire Pass trailhead is 8.3 miles (13.4 kilometers) down this dirt road.
Wire Pass is also a trailhead for Paria Canyon.