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The Wave is a beautiful, famous location in a small section of Coyote Buttes North that has become popular and famous for its fascinating rock formations, rich in color and texture, making it a top photo site. It is now famous throughout the world and a top travel destination for photography and dayhiking. The Wave derives its name from the swirling and wavy formations that sometimes look like high waves that build for surfers just off many ocean beaches. Hiking within Coyote Buttes to The Wave is controlled and highly restricted by the Bureau of Land Management. Permits are required but sell out months in advance. To purchase a permit or check availability, go to the BLM website at: Coyote Buttes permits. This page has photos of The Wave located in Coyote Buttes North, a section of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Larger versions of these photos of The Wave can be viewed by using a mouse rollover or by using the Slideshow below. See more on the Coyote Buttes Slideshows. See all TheWorldinLight has to offer at Destinations and Topics.


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photo of The Wave - a rock formation that looks like ocean waves
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.

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

photo of The Wave rock formations with streaks of color
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 showing the details of color and textures at The Wave in Coyote Buttes in southern Utah
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.

photo of the orange, yellow, and red sandstone of The Wave in Coyote Buttes
The Wave #0366
The Wave was obviously named because of the shape of these formations.

photo of the rock formations 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.

photo showing details of textures and colors of rock formations in Coyote Buttes in Utah
The Wave #0368
Not only are the shapes and textures of sandstone here amazing, but the colors are intense.

photo of The Wave in Coyote Buttes
The Wave #0370
Once inside these formations, another amazing sight can be seen around every wave of stone.

photo of colorful sandstone formations in Utah
The Wave #0378
The Wave is now showing up in video clips used in Utah tourism advertising.

photo showing details of textures and colors of rock formations in Coyote Buttes in Utah
The Wave #2872
The dayhike here is mostly unmarked but the BLM has now set up a number of rock cairns to help people find their way.

photo of The Wave in Coyote Buttes
The Wave #2873
This part of Coyote Buttes North is wide open land and it's well worth a hiker's time to simply explore in all the nooks and crannies of the rock formations here because there are many gems of beauty both before and after reaching The Wave.

photo of colorful sandstone formations in Utah
The Wave #2874
The area is full of rock formations with lots of colors, shapes, and textures making the entire area quite beautiful.

photo showing details of textures and colors of rock formations in Coyote Buttes in Utah
The Wave #2875
The BLM issues hiking passes well in advance on the internet. These are taken immediately and are hard to get. Each day, the BLM also holds a lottery and issues passes for ten additional hikers for entrance to the area the following day.

photo of The Wave in Coyote Buttes
The Wave #2876
During spring, when the area is most popular, over 100 people might be trying to win the ten passes in the lottery.

photo of colorful sandstone formations in Utah
The Wave #2878
People from all over the world now come to hike to The Wave.

photo showing details of textures and colors of rock formations in Coyote Buttes in Utah
The Wave #2888
While the passes into Coyote Buttes North and The Wave are immensely popular and difficult to get, passes into Coyote Buttes South are often available upon request.

photo of The Wave in Coyote Buttes
The Wave #2890
Although Coyote Buttes South may not have any single set of rock formations as stunning as The Wave, it is still a beautiful place for a dayhike, with loads of beautiful rock formations.

photo of colorful sandstone formations in Utah
The Wave #2894
The main difficulty with a dayhike into Coyote Buttes South is that a 4WD/high-clearance vehicle is necessary. This isn't the case for Coyote Buttes North and The Wave.

As with all of the dayhikes mentioned here, hikers should carry plenty of water. This is desert. It is very hot and dry and summer heat here can be dangerous.
photo showing details of textures and colors of rock formations in Coyote Buttes in Utah
The Wave #2897
If spending time in the Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument area, a trip to White Pockets, just east of the trailhead into Coyote Buttes South is also an excellent area for dayhiking.

photo of The Wave in Coyote Buttes
The Wave #2899
Getting to White Pockets, like Coyote Buttes South, requires a high-clearance 4WD vehicle. The route to both goes through very deep sand and occasional large boulders protruding up from the ground.

photo of colorful sandstone formations in Utah
The Wave #2900
Not far from the trailhead into Coyote Buttes North and The Wave, there's a trailhead that goes into the longest slot canyon in the world: Buckskin Gulch. No pass is required.

photo showing details of textures and colors of rock formations in Coyote Buttes in Utah
The Wave #2936


photo of The Wave in Coyote Buttes
The Wave #2905


photo of colorful rock formations with swirls known as The Wave
The Wave #0360
This is The Wave in Coyote Buttes.

photo showing details of textures and colors of rock formations in Coyote Buttes in Utah
The Wave #2909


photo of The Wave in Coyote Buttes
The Wave #2912


photo of colorful sandstone formations in Utah
The Wave #2913


photo showing details of textures and colors of rock formations in Coyote Buttes in Utah
The Wave #2915


photo of The Wave in Coyote Buttes
The Wave #2916


photo of colorful sandstone formations in Utah
The Wave #2918


photo showing details of textures and colors of rock formations in Coyote Buttes in Utah
The Wave #2919


photo of The Wave in Coyote Buttes
The Wave #2920


photo of colorful sandstone formations in Utah
The Wave #2921


photo showing details of textures and colors of rock formations in Coyote Buttes in Utah
The Wave #2922


photo of The Wave in Coyote Buttes
The Wave #2924


photo of colorful sandstone formations in Utah
The Wave #2926


photo showing details of textures and colors of rock formations in Coyote Buttes in Utah
The Wave #2927


photo of The Wave in Coyote Buttes
The Wave #2931


photo of colorful sandstone formations in Utah
The Wave #2935


photo of rock formations known as The Wave with multiple colors and textures
Artist's Palette
This is The Wave in Coyote Buttes located in southern Utah.

photo of The Wave in Coyote Buttes
The Wave #2942



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

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