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Coyote Buttes in the Paria Canyon region of Utah and Arizona is an area famous for unusual multi-colored and multi-patterned sandstone rock formations. The visually stunning and photogenic area has colors that include reds, yellows, oranges, and browns, sometimes in patterns that swirl and flow together within the same rock formations. The formations here are descriptively named, for example, beehives and teepees. In one area, the formations have taken the shape of surf breaking on an ocean beach, giving rise to the name 'The Wave', now a world-famous travel destination. Coyote Buttes and The Wave are located in Paria Canyon, just inside Utah along the border with Arizona. The area is accessible from the Wire Pass Trailhead on House Rock Road, about 8.5 miles south of Hwy 89. Hiking here is regulated by the Bureau of Land Management, which issues purchased permits up to six months in advance. Be forewarned - this area is highly poplular and permits sell well in advance. To purchase permits, visit the BLM website at: Coyote Buttes permits. Larger version of these photos of The Wave and Coyote Buttes can be viewed by using a mouse rollover, clicking an image, or using the Slideshow below.

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photo of hoodoos in Coyote Buttes in Utah
Coyote Buttes #12
The area known as Coyote Buttes is under the control of the Bureau of Land Management, which issues a very limited number of permits for hikers to enter the area.

photo of textured sandstone in Coyote Buttes
Coyote Buttes #230
There are several specific locations worth visiting in the Coyote Buttes area. I suggest Buckskin Gulch - perhaps the longest slot canyon in the world - as well as "The Wave", a spectacularly scenic portion of the buttes.

photo of a colorful sandstone mountain in Coyote Buttes
Coyote Buttes #244
Some sections of Coyote Buttes are so tightly controlled by the BLM that reservations must be made months in advance. However, if you haven't planned that far in advance, there is a daily lottery for a limited number of entry passes valid for the following day.

streaks in sandstone in Coyote Buttes
Coyote Buttes #250
Throughout much of Coyote Buttes there aren't really hiking trails. And this works fine because the area is so beautiful, it's a pleasure to wander and explore and discover beautiful nooks and crannies within the rocks.

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Coyote Buttes #234
The sandstone in Coyote Buttes is full of streaks and striations of contrasting colors, making this area very photogenic.

photo of swirls in the sandstone in Coyote Buttes
Coyote Buttes #1
In some places the colors in the sandstone swirl, almost as if a painter has is beginning to mix paints on a palette.

photo of sandstone and flowers in Coyote Buttes
Coyote Buttes #3
Coyote Buttes is a remote but beautiful area near the border of Arizona and Utah. It is a section of the Paria River Canyon and the Vermillion Cliffs Recreation Area that is full of amazing sandstone scenery.

photo of sweeping streaks in red sandstone of Coyote Buttes
Coyote Buttes #17
Coyote Buttes is full of beautifully colored, striated and textured sandstone.

sandstone and flowers in Coyote Buttes
Coyote Buttes #4
In the early spring, the arid region known as Coyote Buttes comes alive with beautiful wildflowers.

photo of the wave in Coyote Buttes
Coyote Buttes #0342
There is an area inside of Coyote Buttes known as "The Wave". This name comes from the wavy shapes of sandstone walls that look almost like breaking surf on an ocean beach.

scenic landscape photo of Coyote Buttes in Utah
Swirling Stone
Coyote Buttes is a bit like a fascinating maze of sandstone hills, mounds, and fins.

landscape photo of rock formations and frozen water in Coyote Buttes
Coyote Buttes #0381
There are no trails in this part of Coyote Buttes. But if you took a beeline from the nearest parking area directly to The Wave, you'd hike about 3 to 3.5 miles one way. If you hiked to The Wave in this fashion you'd certainly see a lot of amazing scenery. But you'd miss a lot, too. This is an area that deserves being explored.

interesting erosion patterns in sandstone surrounding a frozen pond in Coyote Buttes
Coyote Buttes #0382
The Wave is both a photographer's dream and nightmare. The range of textures, colors, and shapes of sandstone here is phenomenal. Every camera angle seems worthy of a photograph. Getting correct photographic white balance to produce a photo that accurately displays the reality of The Wave is a challenge. Just take a look at the many photographs posted on websites and you'll see a range of colors spanning the gamut from bland to gawdy, from orange to red to yellow - and these for the same locations!

interesting swirl patterns in the sandstone of Coyote Buttes
Coyote Buttes #0402
The Wave is both a photographer's dream and nightmare. The range of textures, colors, and shapes of sandstone here is phenomenal. Every camera angle seems worthy of a photograph. Getting correct photographic white balance to produce a photo that accurately displays the reality of The Wave is a challenge. Just take a look at the many photographs posted on websites and you'll see a range of colors spanning the gamut from bland to gawdy, from orange to red to yellow - and these for the same locations!

The Wave has amazing erosion patterns, colorful sandstone, and interesting rock formations in Coyote Buttes
Artist's Palette
This is The Wave in Coyote Buttes located in southern Utah.

scenic landscape photo of The Wave in Coyote Buttes
The Wave #0361
This is The Wave in Coyote Buttes.

photo of swirled patterns in sandstone
Swirling Stone
Coyote Buttes is a bit like a fascinating maze of sandstone hills, mounds, and fins.

photo of the rock formations known as The Wave in Coyote Buttes
Streaks in Stone
There are no trails in this part of Coyote Buttes. But if you took a beeline from the nearest parking area directly to The Wave, you'd hike about 3 to 3.5 miles one way. If you hiked to The Wave in this fashion you'd certainly see a lot of amazing scenery. But you'd miss a lot, too. This is an area that deserves being explored.

The
The Wave #0361
These are the waves of stone known as The Wave in Coyote Buttes.


Waves of Stone
The Wave is both a photographer's dream and nightmare. The range of textures, colors, and shapes of sandstone here is phenomenal. Every camera angle seems worthy of a photograph. Getting correct photographic white balance to produce a photo that accurately displays the reality of The Wave is a challenge. Just take a look at the many photographs posted on websites and you'll see a range of colors spanning the gamut from bland to gawdy, from orange to red to yellow - and these for the same locations!

photo of the interesting rock formations known as The Wave
The Wave #0362
The Wave is relatively remote, located about half way between Kanab, UT and Page, AZ about 8 miles south of Highway 89.

landcape photo of The Wave in Utah
The Wave #0366
The Wave was obviously named because of the shape of these formations.

landscape photo of a region in Coyote Buttes known as The Wave
The Wave #0367
The texture of the sandstone here is as fascinating as the overall shapes of the formations.

wavy rocks in Coyote Buttes
The Wave #0368
Not only are the shapes and textures of sandstone here amazing, but the colors are intense.

a photo of rocks that look like waves
The Wave #0370
Once inside these formations, another amazing sight can be seen around every wave of stone.

landscape photos of wave-like rocks in Coyote Buttes in southern Utah
The Wave #0378
The Wave is now showing up in video clips used in Utah tourism advertising.

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