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The Wave at Coyote Buttes

Coyote Buttes, Big Water, UT
+1 435-644-5923
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We were lucky enough to win lottery passes on our first try and it was amazing! Beautiful and so... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Salt Lake City, Utah
via mobile
Most exciting place in the world!

It's no easy to reach (for path and for... shuffle to win) but it's amazing place really! It seems... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Rome, Italy
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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 4 days ago 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

Thank Utah801ski
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 stefanoleone67
Reviewed 4 weeks 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.

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

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

2  Thank totechite
Reviewed 20 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

5  Thank Pat777777
Reviewed 29 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

2  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
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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|
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