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Kim and Dan Visit The Wave

The Wave is a spectacular and world-renowned site located in the backcountry border of Utah and Arizona. A trip there is a magical experience. Getting everything in order to go there is quite another. Hiking the Wave requires a permit, obtained through the Arizona Strip BLM at the Kanab Office or at the Paria Ranger Station (summer only). Only twenty hikers may access this resource each day. Ten of the permits are assigned four months in advance through an online lottery. The remaining ten permits are issued through a walk-in lottery the day before the hike. Obtaining a permit is competitive. You may compete against as many as a thousand people in the online lottery, and a hundred in the walk-in drawing. As you can imagine, being a lucky winner is quite a thrill. To obtain my permit, I entered the next day lottery. Individuals showing up at 9 am for the next day are considered in the drawing. The intensity in the room while your number is drawn from a bingo ball was penetrating. There were 21 names submitted and only 10 names were permitted to enter the Coyote Butte South area to the Wave. The sixth ball drawn, … Continue reading

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The Wave: A Fantastic Day Trip from Zion

Late winter/early spring is my favorite time to visit The Wave, so I thought I’d post details for folks interested in doing the same. Just 90 minutes from Zion, The Wave makes for a fantastic day trip, and is a must-see for landscape photographers. Obtaining a Permit The dramatic, colorful sandstone undulations of The Wave are world-famous, and hikers and photographers come from the world over to experience the grandeur for themselves. The downfall of all this popularity COULD be crowding, but the Kane County BLM has managed to keep the wilderness feel of this eye-popping landscape relatively secure via an aggressive permitting system. Permits are available via two methods: you can reserve your permit in an on-line lottery 4 months in advance (available to 1o parties/day) OR try for a day-of walk-in permit (available to 10 parties/day). Instead of explaining the entire permit process here, check out Kane County BLM’s extensive permit information; the permit for “Coyote Buttes North” is the one you’re after. Getting There If you are lucky enough to get a permit for Coyote Butte North, the BLM will supply you a map with your permit. You still need to know how to use it, but … Continue reading

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