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Coyote Buttes South is a region of spectacular rock formations located in Arizona along the Utah border. It's a part of the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument and is also in the Paria Canyon. All of the regional names for the area can be a bit confusing, but Coyote Buttes South is the lesser known region that is just south of the now famous rock formations known as "The Wave", which is located in Coyote Buttes North. Both of these areas are administered by the Bureau of Land Management and they restrict the number of hikers into each region to 20 per day, 10 of which are issued by lottery the day before the permits are effective. The other 10 are issued well in advance via on-line registration.

Unlike Coyote Buttes North, Coyote Buttes South requires a high clearance 4WD vehicle to reach it. But it's worth it. It's a spectacular hiking destination that will delight any photographer. There are about 12 miles of deep sand and large rocks/boulders that must be driven. Both Coyote Buttes regions are located south of Highway 89 about half-way between Kanab, UT and Page, AZ. Near mile marker 27 on Hwy 89, travel south on House Rock Road. About 4 miles south of the highway there's a parking lot and trailhead for Buckskin Gulch, perhaps the longest slot canyon in the world. At the 8 mile mark on House Rock Road is the Wire Pass parking lot and trailhead for Coyote Buttes North and "The Wave". About 18 miles south of Hwy 89, travel east on BLM road 1017, then go north on BLM road 1066 and continue north on BLM road 1081. Eventually there will be a fork in the road and BLM road 1082 continues north to the trailhead into Coyote Buttes South. There will be cattle gates that must be opened and re-closed after passing thru. I highly recommend that visitors stop in the Kanab office of the BLM to check road conditions prior to driving this route and to get a detailed map of the area. Due to deep sand alternative routes are sometimes recommended.

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There are no trail markers here. Just walk into the formations, look, and enjoy.

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Although permits for Coyote Buttes North are in such great demand that they're hard to get, Coyote Buttes South is not as popular.

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If you've tried and failed to win the lottery for a permit into North, check with the BLM rangers to see if any permits are available for the South. Chances are, you will be in luck.

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If you get a permit for Coyote Buttes South, you'll need a 4WD high-clearance vehicle to reach it.

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Although Coyote Buttes South has no single rock formation that exceeds the beauty of "The Wave", you'll find many spectacular formations here.

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If you're here to shoot photos, the morning and evening hours are best.

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Allow a little more than an hour to make the drive to Coyote Buttes South from Kanab, UT.


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Even with a good map, it's recommended that you check with a BLM officer to determine the best route to Coyote Buttes South. There are several possible options, but the deep sand shifts sometimes making one route easier to traverse.

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