THE WAVE TOUR
You've seen it on the home screen of Android phones, HP computers, and hanging on the wall in doctors offices. A rolling, smooth swath of sandstone striped a variety of colors, dotted by occasional post-rain puddles. Walls that rise up around you, then fall below you. The Wave- a destination that thousands seek to reach each year, but so very few actually do. It's situated in the North Coyote Buttes area of the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument: and to keep this incredible location preserved for future generations, the B.L.M. has restricted access to it to just 20 permits per day in a lottery system.
If you happen to be a lucky winner of a permit to The Wave: you don't have to face the hike, the terrain, and the weather alone. Choosing an AWSA tour guide for your memory making is the smartest way to ensure you'll arrive to and explore the Wave safely, at your own pace, with experienced input on photo opportunities.
Availability: As it is a permitted area, we can only take small groups.
Overnight camping is not available in this area.
The Drive: 35 miles paved highway- taking approximately 30 minutes +9 miles unpaved - taking approximately 25 minutes. The tour takes a total 2-3 hours of driving, and the drive is one of the great elements of the adventure. We'll pick up some coffee together, and set out down Highway 89 on a winding, scenic journey through the Paria Wilderness: where rainbow mountains and red cliffs frame the forests of juniper and cedar.
Hike Distance: 7-9 miles
Hike Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult- uphill grades, deep sand, steep sandstone and rocky areas. The hike typically takes between 3 and 5 hours: depending on your group's pace, comfort, and safety. It is about 8 miles round trip to the Wave. We exercise caution during the summer months, and during rain storms. This hike requires around 1 gallon of water per person in the summer. Additional hiking in the area can be discussed with your tour guide and will depend on your ability to hike further.
Permits: Only 20 permits per day are issued for this area. Permits are required to hike the Wave in North Coyote Buttes area. You can apply for permits online throughout the year by clicking here. Walk ins are done on a lottery system to award permits for hiking the next day. Go to the BLM office by 8am, the lottery drawing is at 9am. Kanab BLM Visitor Center: 745 E. Highway 89, Kanab, Utah. (435) 644-1300