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The Wave at Coyote Buttes

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

Such a geologically fun place to visit. It's like stepping into a Dr. Seuss book! We got a lottery... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Phoenix, Arizona
Worth the trouble

A friend won the lottery for Jan 2016 I believe or maybe it was 2015. Anyway , the wather was... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Tatyana K
Lahaina, Hawaii
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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
+1 435-644-5923
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

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
Reviewed 22 July 2017

I applied online many time. But I did not get permit. I tried to go to directory to office lottery. This first time visit office lottery. First day was could not get win. But second day I got win. Actually many people join to office...More

1  Thank totechite
Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

This unique place is one of the kind. You need a permit to reach The Wave. The permit is part of a lottery that takes place in Kanab Visitors Center at 08:30 every morning. Be there in good time. Each day they have 10 permits...More

3  Thank Johan H
Reviewed 9 July 2017

We have spent 3 weeks in the canyon area and their is no doubt Coyote Buttes is one one of the highlights of our trip. First of all, in order to visit the Coyote Buttes, you need to apply for a permit. Only 20 people...More

4  Thank Pat777777
Reviewed 30 June 2017

Me and my friend had no idea this was a lottery system when we booked our roadtrip through Utah/Arizona. We happened to be coming through, realized the lottery took place the day before the intended hike, went, and won it! We are so incredibly lucky...More

1  Thank Karly K
Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

After quite a few years trying on line lottery, we were extremely fortunate and lucky to get through on the on site lottery. First time! Out of 61 hopeful Trekkers at the Visitor Center we were second last to be picked for the maximum 10...More

1  Thank robeth_8
Reviewed 6 June 2017

Even the pictures don't do this place justice, so my words certainly can't. But Coyote Buttes is beautiful and unlike anything else in this world. Go, if you get the chance. And fill out the online lottery. Only 20 permits are issued for every day,...More

2  Thank vb1968318
Reviewed 22 May 2017

We are very lucky that we obtained the permit to go on our first online lottery try. The drive from the highway to the parking lot on the unpaved road was quite bumpy and I felt it took forever. The hike was about at moderate...More

2  Thank ycart0616
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nick k
21 August 2017|
Response from beatriz o |
Its in kanab. Just google kanab visitor center. Its in the center of kanab and everybody knows where it is, if you ask there
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18 August 2017|
Response from slorin721 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, yes it should be but there is always a risk of companies not being available. There are multiple companies that will guide you so have their contact information ready in the event that you win a permit. One alternative... More
18 August 2017|
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Response from Danielle P | Reviewed this property |
They are strict about the number of visitors so I suspect the guide would have to be included in your party.