The Wave is in the north section of Coyote Buttes, between Paria Canyon and Vermillion Cliffs National Monument on the border of Utah and Arizona. The Wave’s popularity caused the BLM to limit 20 people per day into the area done by a lottery system. Getting the required permit can be tricky, but I was lucky enough to receive a permit on my first attempt. Half the daily permits are issued by a lottery system which you can apply four months in advance for. The other 10 permits are given to walk-ins at the GSENM Visitor Center in Kanab for the following day.
Most people access the Wave from the Wire Pass Trailhead located in North Coyote Buttes permit area of the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. The trail consists primarily of sand and red rock, and aside from the harsh desert heat and dry conditions, the 5.2-mile round trip hike is considered a moderate trail.
I haven’t been to any place in the world as remarkable, serene, and uniquely beautiful as this site. The privacy and exclusivity of this site makes it all the better.
The scenery is amazing the whole hike but pales in comparison to the wave itself. To stand in something so beautiful and to be virtually alone is priceless. The only word that came to mind was wow!
Who knows if I'll ever get lucky enough to go back, but I definitely will try again. There was so much more I wanted to see and photograph.