Escalante and Coyote Buttes

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Coyote Buttes, Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument

The Coyote Buttes Special Management Area is between Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the upper section of the Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. A Coyote Buttes South permit allows access to Cottonwood Cove, Paw Hole and other features in the south permit area. A Coyote Buttes North lottery permit allows access to The Wave and other features in the north permit area.

The Wave is a sandstone formation of intersecting U-shaped troughs administered by the BLM. The trails to the Wave are not marked, but a guide sheet is provided to permitted hikers that includes photos and waypoints. A permit to the Wave (https://www.thewave.info/CoyoteButtesNorthCode/Permits.html) is highly cherished and not transferable. There are hefty fines for hikers caught in the area without one. There are also motion-activated cameras along the route, so don't attempt this hike without a permit. You can get to The Wave trailhead without a specialized vehicle and to the Wave without a guide.

The Wave is an international destination and is certainly worth visiting, but I found the formations in South Coyote Buttes just as interesting. The Wave is in shadow except for mid-day so unless the reflecting pools have water or you happen to have interesting weather on your permit day, most of the photographs look the same and are illuminated with harsh light against bright blue skies. However, there are also numerous other interesting features within the permit area.

The South Coyote Butte permit area also has extensive formations and unique features and in many ways is more interesting to explore than The Wave. In addition there are adjoining areas that do not require a lottery permit, including White Pockets, Wire Pass Slot Canyon and Buckskin Gulch. All of the areas are accessible off of House Rock Road. Some access requires high-clearance four-wheel drive vehicles, whereas others do not. All access is weather dependent as the roads are unpaved and you will encounter deep sand and clay (in wet conditions).

©Rich Beckman

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Coyote Buttes, Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument

The Coyote Buttes Special Management Area is between Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the upper section of the Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. A Coyote Buttes South permit allows access to Cottonwood Cove, Paw Hole and other features in the south permit area. A Coyote Buttes North lottery permit allows access to The Wave and other features in the north permit area.

The Wave is a sandstone formation of intersecting U-shaped troughs administered by the BLM. The trails to the Wave are not marked, but a guide sheet is provided to permitted hikers that includes photos and waypoints. A permit to the Wave (https://www.thewave.info/CoyoteButtesNorthCode/Permits.html) is highly cherished and not transferable. There are hefty fines for hikers caught in the area without one. There are also motion-activated cameras along the route, so don't attempt this hike without a permit. You can get to The Wave trailhead without a specialized vehicle and to the Wave without a guide.

The Wave is an international destination and is certainly worth visiting, but I found the formations in South Coyote Buttes just as interesting. The Wave is in shadow except for mid-day so unless the reflecting pools have water or you happen to have interesting weather on your permit day, most of the photographs look the same and are illuminated with harsh light against bright blue skies. However, there are also numerous other interesting features within the permit area.

The South Coyote Butte permit area also has extensive formations and unique features and in many ways is more interesting to explore than The Wave. In addition there are adjoining areas that do not require a lottery permit, including White Pockets, Wire Pass Slot Canyon and Buckskin Gulch. All of the areas are accessible off of House Rock Road. Some access requires high-clearance four-wheel drive vehicles, whereas others do not. All access is weather dependent as the roads are unpaved and you will encounter deep sand and clay (in wet conditions).

©Rich Beckman

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Coyote Buttes, Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument

The Coyote Buttes Special Management Area is between Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the upper section of the Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. A Coyote Buttes South permit allows access to Cottonwood Cove, Paw Hole and other features in the south permit area. A Coyote Buttes North lottery permit allows access to The Wave and other features in the north permit area.

The Wave is a sandstone formation of intersecting U-shaped troughs administered by the BLM. The trails to the Wave are not marked, but a guide sheet is provided to permitted hikers that includes photos and waypoints. A permit to the Wave (https://www.thewave.info/CoyoteButtesNorthCode/Permits.html) is highly cherished and not transferable. There are hefty fines for hikers caught in the area without one. There are also motion-activated cameras along the route, so don't attempt this hike without a permit. You can get to The Wave trailhead without a specialized vehicle and to the Wave without a guide.

The Wave is an international destination and is certainly worth visiting, but I found the formations in South Coyote Buttes just as interesting. The Wave is in shadow except for mid-day so unless the reflecting pools have water or you happen to have interesting weather on your permit day, most of the photographs look the same and are illuminated with harsh light against bright blue skies. However, there are also numerous other interesting features within the permit area.

The South Coyote Butte permit area also has extensive formations and unique features and in many ways is more interesting to explore than The Wave. In addition there are adjoining areas that do not require a lottery permit, including White Pockets, Wire Pass Slot Canyon and Buckskin Gulch. All of the areas are accessible off of House Rock Road. Some access requires high-clearance four-wheel drive vehicles, whereas others do not. All access is weather dependent as the roads are unpaved and you will encounter deep sand and clay (in wet conditions).

©Rich Beckman

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Coyote Buttes, Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument

The Coyote Buttes Special Management Area is between Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the upper section of the Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. A Coyote Buttes South permit allows access to Cottonwood Cove, Paw Hole and other features in the south permit area. A Coyote Buttes North lottery permit allows access to The Wave and other features in the north permit area.

The Wave is a sandstone formation of intersecting U-shaped troughs administered by the BLM. The trails to the Wave are not marked, but a guide sheet is provided to permitted hikers that includes photos and waypoints. A permit to the Wave (https://www.thewave.info/CoyoteButtesNorthCode/Permits.html) is highly cherished and not transferable. There are hefty fines for hikers caught in the area without one. There are also motion-activated cameras along the route, so don't attempt this hike without a permit. You can get to The Wave trailhead without a specialized vehicle and to the Wave without a guide.

The Wave is an international destination and is certainly worth visiting, but I found the formations in South Coyote Buttes just as interesting. The Wave is in shadow except for mid-day so unless the reflecting pools have water or you happen to have interesting weather on your permit day, most of the photographs look the same and are illuminated with harsh light against bright blue skies. However, there are also numerous other interesting features within the permit area.

The South Coyote Butte permit area also has extensive formations and unique features and in many ways is more interesting to explore than The Wave. In addition there are adjoining areas that do not require a lottery permit, including White Pockets, Wire Pass Slot Canyon and Buckskin Gulch. All of the areas are accessible off of House Rock Road. Some access requires high-clearance four-wheel drive vehicles, whereas others do not. All access is weather dependent as the roads are unpaved and you will encounter deep sand and clay (in wet conditions).

©Rich Beckman

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Coyote Buttes, Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument

The Coyote Buttes Special Management Area is between Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the upper section of the Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. A Coyote Buttes South permit allows access to Cottonwood Cove, Paw Hole and other features in the south permit area. A Coyote Buttes North lottery permit allows access to The Wave and other features in the north permit area.

The Wave is a sandstone formation of intersecting U-shaped troughs administered by the BLM. The trails to the Wave are not marked, but a guide sheet is provided to permitted hikers that includes photos and waypoints. A permit to the Wave (https://www.thewave.info/CoyoteButtesNorthCode/Permits.html) is highly cherished and not transferable. There are hefty fines for hikers caught in the area without one. There are also motion-activated cameras along the route, so don't attempt this hike without a permit. You can get to The Wave trailhead without a specialized vehicle and to the Wave without a guide.

The Wave is an international destination and is certainly worth visiting, but I found the formations in South Coyote Buttes just as interesting. The Wave is in shadow except for mid-day so unless the reflecting pools have water or you happen to have interesting weather on your permit day, most of the photographs look the same and are illuminated with harsh light against bright blue skies. However, there are also numerous other interesting features within the permit area.

The South Coyote Butte permit area also has extensive formations and unique features and in many ways is more interesting to explore than The Wave. In addition there are adjoining areas that do not require a lottery permit, including White Pockets, Wire Pass Slot Canyon and Buckskin Gulch. All of the areas are accessible off of House Rock Road. Some access requires high-clearance four-wheel drive vehicles, whereas others do not. All access is weather dependent as the roads are unpaved and you will encounter deep sand and clay (in wet conditions).

©Rich Beckman

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Coyote Buttes, Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument

The Coyote Buttes Special Management Area is between Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the upper section of the Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. A Coyote Buttes South permit allows access to Cottonwood Cove, Paw Hole and other features in the south permit area. A Coyote Buttes North lottery permit allows access to The Wave and other features in the north permit area.

The Wave is a sandstone formation of intersecting U-shaped troughs administered by the BLM. The trails to the Wave are not marked, but a guide sheet is provided to permitted hikers that includes photos and waypoints. A permit to the Wave (https://www.thewave.info/CoyoteButtesNorthCode/Permits.html) is highly cherished and not transferable. There are hefty fines for hikers caught in the area without one. There are also motion-activated cameras along the route, so don't attempt this hike without a permit. You can get to The Wave trailhead without a specialized vehicle and to the Wave without a guide.

The Wave is an international destination and is certainly worth visiting, but I found the formations in South Coyote Buttes just as interesting. The Wave is in shadow except for mid-day so unless the reflecting pools have water or you happen to have interesting weather on your permit day, most of the photographs look the same and are illuminated with harsh light against bright blue skies. However, there are also numerous other interesting features within the permit area.

The South Coyote Butte permit area also has extensive formations and unique features and in many ways is more interesting to explore than The Wave. In addition there are adjoining areas that do not require a lottery permit, including White Pockets, Wire Pass Slot Canyon and Buckskin Gulch. All of the areas are accessible off of House Rock Road. Some access requires high-clearance four-wheel drive vehicles, whereas others do not. All access is weather dependent as the roads are unpaved and you will encounter deep sand and clay (in wet conditions).

©Rich Beckman

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Coyote Buttes, Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument

The Coyote Buttes Special Management Area is between Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the upper section of the Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. A Coyote Buttes South permit allows access to Cottonwood Cove, Paw Hole and other features in the south permit area. A Coyote Buttes North lottery permit allows access to The Wave and other features in the north permit area.

The Wave is a sandstone formation of intersecting U-shaped troughs administered by the BLM. The trails to the Wave are not marked, but a guide sheet is provided to permitted hikers that includes photos and waypoints. A permit to the Wave (https://www.thewave.info/CoyoteButtesNorthCode/Permits.html) is highly cherished and not transferable. There are hefty fines for hikers caught in the area without one. There are also motion-activated cameras along the route, so don't attempt this hike without a permit. You can get to The Wave trailhead without a specialized vehicle and to the Wave without a guide.

The Wave is an international destination and is certainly worth visiting, but I found the formations in South Coyote Buttes just as interesting. The Wave is in shadow except for mid-day so unless the reflecting pools have water or you happen to have interesting weather on your permit day, most of the photographs look the same and are illuminated with harsh light against bright blue skies. However, there are also numerous other interesting features within the permit area.

The South Coyote Butte permit area also has extensive formations and unique features and in many ways is more interesting to explore than The Wave. In addition there are adjoining areas that do not require a lottery permit, including White Pockets, Wire Pass Slot Canyon and Buckskin Gulch. All of the areas are accessible off of House Rock Road. Some access requires high-clearance four-wheel drive vehicles, whereas others do not. All access is weather dependent as the roads are unpaved and you will encounter deep sand and clay (in wet conditions).

©Rich Beckman

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Coyote Buttes, Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument

The Coyote Buttes Special Management Area is between Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the upper section of the Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. A Coyote Buttes South permit allows access to Cottonwood Cove, Paw Hole and other features in the south permit area. A Coyote Buttes North lottery permit allows access to The Wave and other features in the north permit area.

The Wave is a sandstone formation of intersecting U-shaped troughs administered by the BLM. The trails to the Wave are not marked, but a guide sheet is provided to permitted hikers that includes photos and waypoints. A permit to the Wave (https://www.thewave.info/CoyoteButtesNorthCode/Permits.html) is highly cherished and not transferable. There are hefty fines for hikers caught in the area without one. There are also motion-activated cameras along the route, so don't attempt this hike without a permit. You can get to The Wave trailhead without a specialized vehicle and to the Wave without a guide.

The Wave is an international destination and is certainly worth visiting, but I found the formations in South Coyote Buttes just as interesting. The Wave is in shadow except for mid-day so unless the reflecting pools have water or you happen to have interesting weather on your permit day, most of the photographs look the same and are illuminated with harsh light against bright blue skies. However, there are also numerous other interesting features within the permit area.

The South Coyote Butte permit area also has extensive formations and unique features and in many ways is more interesting to explore than The Wave. In addition there are adjoining areas that do not require a lottery permit, including White Pockets, Wire Pass Slot Canyon and Buckskin Gulch. All of the areas are accessible off of House Rock Road. Some access requires high-clearance four-wheel drive vehicles, whereas others do not. All access is weather dependent as the roads are unpaved and you will encounter deep sand and clay (in wet conditions).

©Rich Beckman

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Coyote Buttes, Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument

The Coyote Buttes Special Management Area is between Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the upper section of the Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. A Coyote Buttes South permit allows access to Cottonwood Cove, Paw Hole and other features in the south permit area. A Coyote Buttes North lottery permit allows access to The Wave and other features in the north permit area.

The Wave is a sandstone formation of intersecting U-shaped troughs administered by the BLM. The trails to the Wave are not marked, but a guide sheet is provided to permitted hikers that includes photos and waypoints. A permit to the Wave (https://www.thewave.info/CoyoteButtesNorthCode/Permits.html) is highly cherished and not transferable. There are hefty fines for hikers caught in the area without one. There are also motion-activated cameras along the route, so don't attempt this hike without a permit. You can get to The Wave trailhead without a specialized vehicle and to the Wave without a guide.

The Wave is an international destination and is certainly worth visiting, but I found the formations in South Coyote Buttes just as interesting. The Wave is in shadow except for mid-day so unless the reflecting pools have water or you happen to have interesting weather on your permit day, most of the photographs look the same and are illuminated with harsh light against bright blue skies. However, there are also numerous other interesting features within the permit area.

The South Coyote Butte permit area also has extensive formations and unique features and in many ways is more interesting to explore than The Wave. In addition there are adjoining areas that do not require a lottery permit, including White Pockets, Wire Pass Slot Canyon and Buckskin Gulch. All of the areas are accessible off of House Rock Road. Some access requires high-clearance four-wheel drive vehicles, whereas others do not. All access is weather dependent as the roads are unpaved and you will encounter deep sand and clay (in wet conditions).

©Rich Beckman

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Coyote Buttes, Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument

The Coyote Buttes Special Management Area is between Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the upper section of the Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. A Coyote Buttes South permit allows access to Cottonwood Cove, Paw Hole and other features in the south permit area. A Coyote Buttes North lottery permit allows access to The Wave and other features in the north permit area.

The Wave is a sandstone formation of intersecting U-shaped troughs administered by the BLM. The trails to the Wave are not marked, but a guide sheet is provided to permitted hikers that includes photos and waypoints. A permit to the Wave (https://www.thewave.info/CoyoteButtesNorthCode/Permits.html) is highly cherished and not transferable. There are hefty fines for hikers caught in the area without one. There are also motion-activated cameras along the route, so don't attempt this hike without a permit. You can get to The Wave trailhead without a specialized vehicle and to the Wave without a guide.

The Wave is an international destination and is certainly worth visiting, but I found the formations in South Coyote Buttes just as interesting. The Wave is in shadow except for mid-day so unless the reflecting pools have water or you happen to have interesting weather on your permit day, most of the photographs look the same and are illuminated with harsh light against bright blue skies. However, there are also numerous other interesting features within the permit area.

The South Coyote Butte permit area also has extensive formations and unique features and in many ways is more interesting to explore than The Wave. In addition there are adjoining areas that do not require a lottery permit, including White Pockets, Wire Pass Slot Canyon and Buckskin Gulch. All of the areas are accessible off of House Rock Road. Some access requires high-clearance four-wheel drive vehicles, whereas others do not. All access is weather dependent as the roads are unpaved and you will encounter deep sand and clay (in wet conditions).

©Rich Beckman

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Coyote Buttes, Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument

The Coyote Buttes Special Management Area is between Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the upper section of the Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. A Coyote Buttes South permit allows access to Cottonwood Cove, Paw Hole and other features in the south permit area. A Coyote Buttes North lottery permit allows access to The Wave and other features in the north permit area.

The Wave is a sandstone formation of intersecting U-shaped troughs administered by the BLM. The trails to the Wave are not marked, but a guide sheet is provided to permitted hikers that includes photos and waypoints. A permit to the Wave (https://www.thewave.info/CoyoteButtesNorthCode/Permits.html) is highly cherished and not transferable. There are hefty fines for hikers caught in the area without one. There are also motion-activated cameras along the route, so don't attempt this hike without a permit. You can get to The Wave trailhead without a specialized vehicle and to the Wave without a guide.

The Wave is an international destination and is certainly worth visiting, but I found the formations in South Coyote Buttes just as interesting. The Wave is in shadow except for mid-day so unless the reflecting pools have water or you happen to have interesting weather on your permit day, most of the photographs look the same and are illuminated with harsh light against bright blue skies. However, there are also numerous other interesting features within the permit area.

The South Coyote Butte permit area also has extensive formations and unique features and in many ways is more interesting to explore than The Wave. In addition there are adjoining areas that do not require a lottery permit, including White Pockets, Wire Pass Slot Canyon and Buckskin Gulch. All of the areas are accessible off of House Rock Road. Some access requires high-clearance four-wheel drive vehicles, whereas others do not. All access is weather dependent as the roads are unpaved and you will encounter deep sand and clay (in wet conditions).

©Rich Beckman

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Coyote Buttes, Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument

The Coyote Buttes Special Management Area is between Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the upper section of the Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. A Coyote Buttes South permit allows access to Cottonwood Cove, Paw Hole and other features in the south permit area. A Coyote Buttes North lottery permit allows access to The Wave and other features in the north permit area.

The Wave is a sandstone formation of intersecting U-shaped troughs administered by the BLM. The trails to the Wave are not marked, but a guide sheet is provided to permitted hikers that includes photos and waypoints. A permit to the Wave (https://www.thewave.info/CoyoteButtesNorthCode/Permits.html) is highly cherished and not transferable. There are hefty fines for hikers caught in the area without one. There are also motion-activated cameras along the route, so don't attempt this hike without a permit. You can get to The Wave trailhead without a specialized vehicle and to the Wave without a guide.

The Wave is an international destination and is certainly worth visiting, but I found the formations in South Coyote Buttes just as interesting. The Wave is in shadow except for mid-day so unless the reflecting pools have water or you happen to have interesting weather on your permit day, most of the photographs look the same and are illuminated with harsh light against bright blue skies. However, there are also numerous other interesting features within the permit area.

The South Coyote Butte permit area also has extensive formations and unique features and in many ways is more interesting to explore than The Wave. In addition there are adjoining areas that do not require a lottery permit, including White Pockets, Wire Pass Slot Canyon and Buckskin Gulch. All of the areas are accessible off of House Rock Road. Some access requires high-clearance four-wheel drive vehicles, whereas others do not. All access is weather dependent as the roads are unpaved and you will encounter deep sand and clay (in wet conditions).

©Rich Beckman

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Coyote Buttes, Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument

The Coyote Buttes Special Management Area is between Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the upper section of the Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. A Coyote Buttes South permit allows access to Cottonwood Cove, Paw Hole and other features in the south permit area. A Coyote Buttes North lottery permit allows access to The Wave and other features in the north permit area.

The Wave is a sandstone formation of intersecting U-shaped troughs administered by the BLM. The trails to the Wave are not marked, but a guide sheet is provided to permitted hikers that includes photos and waypoints. A permit to the Wave (https://www.thewave.info/CoyoteButtesNorthCode/Permits.html) is highly cherished and not transferable. There are hefty fines for hikers caught in the area without one. There are also motion-activated cameras along the route, so don't attempt this hike without a permit. You can get to The Wave trailhead without a specialized vehicle and to the Wave without a guide.

The Wave is an international destination and is certainly worth visiting, but I found the formations in South Coyote Buttes just as interesting. The Wave is in shadow except for mid-day so unless the reflecting pools have water or you happen to have interesting weather on your permit day, most of the photographs look the same and are illuminated with harsh light against bright blue skies. However, there are also numerous other interesting features within the permit area.

The South Coyote Butte permit area also has extensive formations and unique features and in many ways is more interesting to explore than The Wave. In addition there are adjoining areas that do not require a lottery permit, including White Pockets, Wire Pass Slot Canyon and Buckskin Gulch. All of the areas are accessible off of House Rock Road. Some access requires high-clearance four-wheel drive vehicles, whereas others do not. All access is weather dependent as the roads are unpaved and you will encounter deep sand and clay (in wet conditions).

©Rich Beckman

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Wire Pass Slot Canyon, Coyote Buttes, Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument

The Coyote Buttes Special Management Area is between Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the upper section of the Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. A Coyote Buttes South permit allows access to Cottonwood Cove, Paw Hole and other features in the south permit area. A Coyote Buttes North lottery permit allows access to The Wave and other features in the north permit area.

The Wave is a sandstone formation of intersecting U-shaped troughs administered by the BLM. The trails to the Wave are not marked, but a guide sheet is provided to permitted hikers that includes photos and waypoints. A permit to the Wave (https://www.thewave.info/CoyoteButtesNorthCode/Permits.html) is highly cherished and not transferable. There are hefty fines for hikers caught in the area without one. There are also motion-activated cameras along the route, so don't attempt this hike without a permit. You can get to The Wave trailhead without a specialized vehicle and to the Wave without a guide.

The Wave is an international destination and is certainly worth visiting, but I found the formations in South Coyote Buttes just as interesting. The Wave is in shadow except for mid-day so unless the reflecting pools have water or you happen to have interesting weather on your permit day, most of the photographs look the same and are illuminated with harsh light against bright blue skies. However, there are also numerous other interesting features within the permit area.

The South Coyote Butte permit area also has extensive formations and unique features and in many ways is more interesting to explore than The Wave. In addition there are adjoining areas that do not require a lottery permit, including White Pockets, Wire Pass Slot Canyon and Buckskin Gulch. All of the areas are accessible off of House Rock Road. Some access requires high-clearance four-wheel drive vehicles, whereas others do not. All access is weather dependent as the roads are unpaved and you will encounter deep sand and clay (in wet conditions).

©Rich Beckman

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Wire Pass Slot Canyon, Coyote Buttes, Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument

The Coyote Buttes Special Management Area is between Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the upper section of the Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. A Coyote Buttes South permit allows access to Cottonwood Cove, Paw Hole and other features in the south permit area. A Coyote Buttes North lottery permit allows access to The Wave and other features in the north permit area.

The Wave is a sandstone formation of intersecting U-shaped troughs administered by the BLM. The trails to the Wave are not marked, but a guide sheet is provided to permitted hikers that includes photos and waypoints. A permit to the Wave (https://www.thewave.info/CoyoteButtesNorthCode/Permits.html) is highly cherished and not transferable. There are hefty fines for hikers caught in the area without one. There are also motion-activated cameras along the route, so don't attempt this hike without a permit. You can get to The Wave trailhead without a specialized vehicle and to the Wave without a guide.

The Wave is an international destination and is certainly worth visiting, but I found the formations in South Coyote Buttes just as interesting. The Wave is in shadow except for mid-day so unless the reflecting pools have water or you happen to have interesting weather on your permit day, most of the photographs look the same and are illuminated with harsh light against bright blue skies. However, there are also numerous other interesting features within the permit area.

The South Coyote Butte permit area also has extensive formations and unique features and in many ways is more interesting to explore than The Wave. In addition there are adjoining areas that do not require a lottery permit, including White Pockets, Wire Pass Slot Canyon and Buckskin Gulch. All of the areas are accessible off of House Rock Road. Some access requires high-clearance four-wheel drive vehicles, whereas others do not. All access is weather dependent as the roads are unpaved and you will encounter deep sand and clay (in wet conditions).

©Rich Beckman

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Flame Arch, UTM 12S 409564, 4096509, Coyote Buttes, Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument

The Coyote Buttes Special Management Area is between Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the upper section of the Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. A Coyote Buttes South permit allows access to Cottonwood Cove, Paw Hole and other features in the south permit area. A Coyote Buttes North lottery permit allows access to The Wave and other features in the north permit area.

The Wave is a sandstone formation of intersecting U-shaped troughs administered by the BLM. The trails to the Wave are not marked, but a guide sheet is provided to permitted hikers that includes photos and waypoints. A permit to the Wave (https://www.thewave.info/CoyoteButtesNorthCode/Permits.html) is highly cherished and not transferable. There are hefty fines for hikers caught in the area without one. There are also motion-activated cameras along the route, so don't attempt this hike without a permit. You can get to The Wave trailhead without a specialized vehicle and to the Wave without a guide.

The Wave is an international destination and is certainly worth visiting, but I found the formations in South Coyote Buttes just as interesting. The Wave is in shadow except for mid-day so unless the reflecting pools have water or you happen to have interesting weather on your permit day, most of the photographs look the same and are illuminated with harsh light against bright blue skies. However, there are also numerous other interesting features within the permit area.

The South Coyote Butte permit area also has extensive formations and unique features and in many ways is more interesting to explore than The Wave. In addition there are adjoining areas that do not require a lottery permit, including White Pockets, Wire Pass Slot Canyon and Buckskin Gulch. All of the areas are accessible off of House Rock Road. Some access requires high-clearance four-wheel drive vehicles, whereas others do not. All access is weather dependent as the roads are unpaved and you will encounter deep sand and clay (in wet conditions).

©Rich Beckman

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Moby Dick Arch, UTM 12S 409493, 4096174, Coyote Buttes, Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument

The Coyote Buttes Special Management Area is between Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the upper section of the Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. A Coyote Buttes South permit allows access to Cottonwood Cove, Paw Hole and other features in the south permit area. A Coyote Buttes North lottery permit allows access to The Wave and other features in the north permit area.

The Wave is a sandstone formation of intersecting U-shaped troughs administered by the BLM. The trails to the Wave are not marked, but a guide sheet is provided to permitted hikers that includes photos and waypoints. A permit to the Wave (https://www.thewave.info/CoyoteButtesNorthCode/Permits.html) is highly cherished and not transferable. There are hefty fines for hikers caught in the area without one. There are also motion-activated cameras along the route, so don't attempt this hike without a permit. You can get to The Wave trailhead without a specialized vehicle and to the Wave without a guide.

The Wave is an international destination and is certainly worth visiting, but I found the formations in South Coyote Buttes just as interesting. The Wave is in shadow except for mid-day so unless the reflecting pools have water or you happen to have interesting weather on your permit day, most of the photographs look the same and are illuminated with harsh light against bright blue skies. However, there are also numerous other interesting features within the permit area.

The South Coyote Butte permit area also has extensive formations and unique features and in many ways is more interesting to explore than The Wave. In addition there are adjoining areas that do not require a lottery permit, including White Pockets, Wire Pass Slot Canyon and Buckskin Gulch. All of the areas are accessible off of House Rock Road. Some access requires high-clearance four-wheel drive vehicles, whereas others do not. All access is weather dependent as the roads are unpaved and you will encounter deep sand and clay (in wet conditions).

©Rich Beckman

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Edmaier's Secret, Coyote Buttes, Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument

The Coyote Buttes Special Management Area is between Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the upper section of the Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. A Coyote Buttes South permit allows access to Cottonwood Cove, Paw Hole and other features in the south permit area. A Coyote Buttes North lottery permit allows access to The Wave and other features in the north permit area.

The Wave is a sandstone formation of intersecting U-shaped troughs administered by the BLM. The trails to the Wave are not marked, but a guide sheet is provided to permitted hikers that includes photos and waypoints. A permit to the Wave (https://www.thewave.info/CoyoteButtesNorthCode/Permits.html) is highly cherished and not transferable. There are hefty fines for hikers caught in the area without one. There are also motion-activated cameras along the route, so don't attempt this hike without a permit. You can get to The Wave trailhead without a specialized vehicle and to the Wave without a guide.

The Wave is an international destination and is certainly worth visiting, but I found the formations in South Coyote Buttes just as interesting. The Wave is in shadow except for mid-day so unless the reflecting pools have water or you happen to have interesting weather on your permit day, most of the photographs look the same and are illuminated with harsh light against bright blue skies. However, there are also numerous other interesting features within the permit area.

The South Coyote Butte permit area also has extensive formations and unique features and in many ways is more interesting to explore than The Wave. In addition there are adjoining areas that do not require a lottery permit, including White Pockets, Wire Pass Slot Canyon and Buckskin Gulch. All of the areas are accessible off of House Rock Road. Some access requires high-clearance four-wheel drive vehicles, whereas others do not. All access is weather dependent as the roads are unpaved and you will encounter deep sand and clay (in wet conditions).

©Rich Beckman

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Edmaier's Secret, Coyote Buttes, Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument

The Coyote Buttes Special Management Area is between Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the upper section of the Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. A Coyote Buttes South permit allows access to Cottonwood Cove, Paw Hole and other features in the south permit area. A Coyote Buttes North lottery permit allows access to The Wave and other features in the north permit area.

The Wave is a sandstone formation of intersecting U-shaped troughs administered by the BLM. The trails to the Wave are not marked, but a guide sheet is provided to permitted hikers that includes photos and waypoints. A permit to the Wave (https://www.thewave.info/CoyoteButtesNorthCode/Permits.html) is highly cherished and not transferable. There are hefty fines for hikers caught in the area without one. There are also motion-activated cameras along the route, so don't attempt this hike without a permit. You can get to The Wave trailhead without a specialized vehicle and to the Wave without a guide.

The Wave is an international destination and is certainly worth visiting, but I found the formations in South Coyote Buttes just as interesting. The Wave is in shadow except for mid-day so unless the reflecting pools have water or you happen to have interesting weather on your permit day, most of the photographs look the same and are illuminated with harsh light against bright blue skies. However, there are also numerous other interesting features within the permit area.

The South Coyote Butte permit area also has extensive formations and unique features and in many ways is more interesting to explore than The Wave. In addition there are adjoining areas that do not require a lottery permit, including White Pockets, Wire Pass Slot Canyon and Buckskin Gulch. All of the areas are accessible off of House Rock Road. Some access requires high-clearance four-wheel drive vehicles, whereas others do not. All access is weather dependent as the roads are unpaved and you will encounter deep sand and clay (in wet conditions).

©Rich Beckman

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Edmaier's Secret, Coyote Buttes, Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument

The Coyote Buttes Special Management Area is between Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the upper section of the Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. A Coyote Buttes South permit allows access to Cottonwood Cove, Paw Hole and other features in the south permit area. A Coyote Buttes North lottery permit allows access to The Wave and other features in the north permit area.

The Wave is a sandstone formation of intersecting U-shaped troughs administered by the BLM. The trails to the Wave are not marked, but a guide sheet is provided to permitted hikers that includes photos and waypoints. A permit to the Wave (https://www.thewave.info/CoyoteButtesNorthCode/Permits.html) is highly cherished and not transferable. There are hefty fines for hikers caught in the area without one. There are also motion-activated cameras along the route, so don't attempt this hike without a permit. You can get to The Wave trailhead without a specialized vehicle and to the Wave without a guide.

The Wave is an international destination and is certainly worth visiting, but I found the formations in South Coyote Buttes just as interesting. The Wave is in shadow except for mid-day so unless the reflecting pools have water or you happen to have interesting weather on your permit day, most of the photographs look the same and are illuminated with harsh light against bright blue skies. However, there are also numerous other interesting features within the permit area.

The South Coyote Butte permit area also has extensive formations and unique features and in many ways is more interesting to explore than The Wave. In addition there are adjoining areas that do not require a lottery permit, including White Pockets, Wire Pass Slot Canyon and Buckskin Gulch. All of the areas are accessible off of House Rock Road. Some access requires high-clearance four-wheel drive vehicles, whereas others do not. All access is weather dependent as the roads are unpaved and you will encounter deep sand and clay (in wet conditions).

©Rich Beckman

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Edmaier's Secret, Coyote Buttes, Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument

The Coyote Buttes Special Management Area is between Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the upper section of the Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. A Coyote Buttes South permit allows access to Cottonwood Cove, Paw Hole and other features in the south permit area. A Coyote Buttes North lottery permit allows access to The Wave and other features in the north permit area.

The Wave is a sandstone formation of intersecting U-shaped troughs administered by the BLM. The trails to the Wave are not marked, but a guide sheet is provided to permitted hikers that includes photos and waypoints. A permit to the Wave (https://www.thewave.info/CoyoteButtesNorthCode/Permits.html) is highly cherished and not transferable. There are hefty fines for hikers caught in the area without one. There are also motion-activated cameras along the route, so don't attempt this hike without a permit. You can get to The Wave trailhead without a specialized vehicle and to the Wave without a guide.

The Wave is an international destination and is certainly worth visiting, but I found the formations in South Coyote Buttes just as interesting. The Wave is in shadow except for mid-day so unless the reflecting pools have water or you happen to have interesting weather on your permit day, most of the photographs look the same and are illuminated with harsh light against bright blue skies. However, there are also numerous other interesting features within the permit area.

The South Coyote Butte permit area also has extensive formations and unique features and in many ways is more interesting to explore than The Wave. In addition there are adjoining areas that do not require a lottery permit, including White Pockets, Wire Pass Slot Canyon and Buckskin Gulch. All of the areas are accessible off of House Rock Road. Some access requires high-clearance four-wheel drive vehicles, whereas others do not. All access is weather dependent as the roads are unpaved and you will encounter deep sand and clay (in wet conditions).

©Rich Beckman

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White Pocket, Coyote Buttes, Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument

The Coyote Buttes Special Management Area is between Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the upper section of the Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. A Coyote Buttes South permit allows access to Cottonwood Cove, Paw Hole and other features in the south permit area. A Coyote Buttes North lottery permit allows access to The Wave and other features in the north permit area.

The Wave is a sandstone formation of intersecting U-shaped troughs administered by the BLM. The trails to the Wave are not marked, but a guide sheet is provided to permitted hikers that includes photos and waypoints. A permit to the Wave (https://www.thewave.info/CoyoteButtesNorthCode/Permits.html) is highly cherished and not transferable. There are hefty fines for hikers caught in the area without one. There are also motion-activated cameras along the route, so don't attempt this hike without a permit. You can get to The Wave trailhead without a specialized vehicle and to the Wave without a guide.

The Wave is an international destination and is certainly worth visiting, but I found the formations in South Coyote Buttes just as interesting. The Wave is in shadow except for mid-day so unless the reflecting pools have water or you happen to have interesting weather on your permit day, most of the photographs look the same and are illuminated with harsh light against bright blue skies. However, there are also numerous other interesting features within the permit area.

The South Coyote Butte permit area also has extensive formations and unique features and in many ways is more interesting to explore than The Wave. In addition there are adjoining areas that do not require a lottery permit, including White Pockets, Wire Pass Slot Canyon and Buckskin Gulch. All of the areas are accessible off of House Rock Road. Some access requires high-clearance four-wheel drive vehicles, whereas others do not. All access is weather dependent as the roads are unpaved and you will encounter deep sand and clay (in wet conditions).

©Rich Beckman

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White Pocket, Coyote Buttes, Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument

The Coyote Buttes Special Management Area is between Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the upper section of the Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. A Coyote Buttes South permit allows access to Cottonwood Cove, Paw Hole and other features in the south permit area. A Coyote Buttes North lottery permit allows access to The Wave and other features in the north permit area.

The Wave is a sandstone formation of intersecting U-shaped troughs administered by the BLM. The trails to the Wave are not marked, but a guide sheet is provided to permitted hikers that includes photos and waypoints. A permit to the Wave (https://www.thewave.info/CoyoteButtesNorthCode/Permits.html) is highly cherished and not transferable. There are hefty fines for hikers caught in the area without one. There are also motion-activated cameras along the route, so don't attempt this hike without a permit. You can get to The Wave trailhead without a specialized vehicle and to the Wave without a guide.

The Wave is an international destination and is certainly worth visiting, but I found the formations in South Coyote Buttes just as interesting. The Wave is in shadow except for mid-day so unless the reflecting pools have water or you happen to have interesting weather on your permit day, most of the photographs look the same and are illuminated with harsh light against bright blue skies. However, there are also numerous other interesting features within the permit area.

The South Coyote Butte permit area also has extensive formations and unique features and in many ways is more interesting to explore than The Wave. In addition there are adjoining areas that do not require a lottery permit, including White Pockets, Wire Pass Slot Canyon and Buckskin Gulch. All of the areas are accessible off of House Rock Road. Some access requires high-clearance four-wheel drive vehicles, whereas others do not. All access is weather dependent as the roads are unpaved and you will encounter deep sand and clay (in wet conditions).

©Rich Beckman

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White Pocket, Coyote Buttes, Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument

The Coyote Buttes Special Management Area is between Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the upper section of the Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. A Coyote Buttes South permit allows access to Cottonwood Cove, Paw Hole and other features in the south permit area. A Coyote Buttes North lottery permit allows access to The Wave and other features in the north permit area.

The Wave is a sandstone formation of intersecting U-shaped troughs administered by the BLM. The trails to the Wave are not marked, but a guide sheet is provided to permitted hikers that includes photos and waypoints. A permit to the Wave (https://www.thewave.info/CoyoteButtesNorthCode/Permits.html) is highly cherished and not transferable. There are hefty fines for hikers caught in the area without one. There are also motion-activated cameras along the route, so don't attempt this hike without a permit. You can get to The Wave trailhead without a specialized vehicle and to the Wave without a guide.

The Wave is an international destination and is certainly worth visiting, but I found the formations in South Coyote Buttes just as interesting. The Wave is in shadow except for mid-day so unless the reflecting pools have water or you happen to have interesting weather on your permit day, most of the photographs look the same and are illuminated with harsh light against bright blue skies. However, there are also numerous other interesting features within the permit area.

The South Coyote Butte permit area also has extensive formations and unique features and in many ways is more interesting to explore than The Wave. In addition there are adjoining areas that do not require a lottery permit, including White Pockets, Wire Pass Slot Canyon and Buckskin Gulch. All of the areas are accessible off of House Rock Road. Some access requires high-clearance four-wheel drive vehicles, whereas others do not. All access is weather dependent as the roads are unpaved and you will encounter deep sand and clay (in wet conditions).

©Rich Beckman

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White Pocket, Coyote Buttes, Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument

The Coyote Buttes Special Management Area is between Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the upper section of the Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. A Coyote Buttes South permit allows access to Cottonwood Cove, Paw Hole and other features in the south permit area. A Coyote Buttes North lottery permit allows access to The Wave and other features in the north permit area.

The Wave is a sandstone formation of intersecting U-shaped troughs administered by the BLM. The trails to the Wave are not marked, but a guide sheet is provided to permitted hikers that includes photos and waypoints. A permit to the Wave (https://www.thewave.info/CoyoteButtesNorthCode/Permits.html) is highly cherished and not transferable. There are hefty fines for hikers caught in the area without one. There are also motion-activated cameras along the route, so don't attempt this hike without a permit. You can get to The Wave trailhead without a specialized vehicle and to the Wave without a guide.

The Wave is an international destination and is certainly worth visiting, but I found the formations in South Coyote Buttes just as interesting. The Wave is in shadow except for mid-day so unless the reflecting pools have water or you happen to have interesting weather on your permit day, most of the photographs look the same and are illuminated with harsh light against bright blue skies. However, there are also numerous other interesting features within the permit area.

The South Coyote Butte permit area also has extensive formations and unique features and in many ways is more interesting to explore than The Wave. In addition there are adjoining areas that do not require a lottery permit, including White Pockets, Wire Pass Slot Canyon and Buckskin Gulch. All of the areas are accessible off of House Rock Road. Some access requires high-clearance four-wheel drive vehicles, whereas others do not. All access is weather dependent as the roads are unpaved and you will encounter deep sand and clay (in wet conditions).

©Rich Beckman

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The Wave, Coyote Buttes, Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument

The Coyote Buttes Special Management Area is between Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the upper section of the Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. A Coyote Buttes South permit allows access to Cottonwood Cove, Paw Hole and other features in the south permit area. A Coyote Buttes North lottery permit allows access to The Wave and other features in the north permit area.

The Wave is a sandstone formation of intersecting U-shaped troughs administered by the BLM. The trails to the Wave are not marked, but a guide sheet is provided to permitted hikers that includes photos and waypoints. A permit to the Wave (https://www.thewave.info/CoyoteButtesNorthCode/Permits.html) is highly cherished and not transferable. There are hefty fines for hikers caught in the area without one. There are also motion-activated cameras along the route, so don't attempt this hike without a permit. You can get to The Wave trailhead without a specialized vehicle and to the Wave without a guide.

The Wave is an international destination and is certainly worth visiting, but I found the formations in South Coyote Buttes just as interesting. The Wave is in shadow except for mid-day so unless the reflecting pools have water or you happen to have interesting weather on your permit day, most of the photographs look the same and are illuminated with harsh light against bright blue skies. However, there are also numerous other interesting features within the permit area.

The South Coyote Butte permit area also has extensive formations and unique features and in many ways is more interesting to explore than The Wave. In addition there are adjoining areas that do not require a lottery permit, including White Pockets, Wire Pass Slot Canyon and Buckskin Gulch. All of the areas are accessible off of House Rock Road. Some access requires high-clearance four-wheel drive vehicles, whereas others do not. All access is weather dependent as the roads are unpaved and you will encounter deep sand and clay (in wet conditions).

©Rich Beckman

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The Wave, Coyote Buttes, Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument

The Coyote Buttes Special Management Area is between Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the upper section of the Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. A Coyote Buttes South permit allows access to Cottonwood Cove, Paw Hole and other features in the south permit area. A Coyote Buttes North lottery permit allows access to The Wave and other features in the north permit area.

The Wave is a sandstone formation of intersecting U-shaped troughs administered by the BLM. The trails to the Wave are not marked, but a guide sheet is provided to permitted hikers that includes photos and waypoints. A permit to the Wave (https://www.thewave.info/CoyoteButtesNorthCode/Permits.html) is highly cherished and not transferable. There are hefty fines for hikers caught in the area without one. There are also motion-activated cameras along the route, so don't attempt this hike without a permit. You can get to The Wave trailhead without a specialized vehicle and to the Wave without a guide.

The Wave is an international destination and is certainly worth visiting, but I found the formations in South Coyote Buttes just as interesting. The Wave is in shadow except for mid-day so unless the reflecting pools have water or you happen to have interesting weather on your permit day, most of the photographs look the same and are illuminated with harsh light against bright blue skies. However, there are also numerous other interesting features within the permit area.

The South Coyote Butte permit area also has extensive formations and unique features and in many ways is more interesting to explore than The Wave. In addition there are adjoining areas that do not require a lottery permit, including White Pockets, Wire Pass Slot Canyon and Buckskin Gulch. All of the areas are accessible off of House Rock Road. Some access requires high-clearance four-wheel drive vehicles, whereas others do not. All access is weather dependent as the roads are unpaved and you will encounter deep sand and clay (in wet conditions).

©Rich Beckman

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The Wave, Coyote Buttes, Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument

The Coyote Buttes Special Management Area is between Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the upper section of the Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. A Coyote Buttes South permit allows access to Cottonwood Cove, Paw Hole and other features in the south permit area. A Coyote Buttes North lottery permit allows access to The Wave and other features in the north permit area.

The Wave is a sandstone formation of intersecting U-shaped troughs administered by the BLM. The trails to the Wave are not marked, but a guide sheet is provided to permitted hikers that includes photos and waypoints. A permit to the Wave (https://www.thewave.info/CoyoteButtesNorthCode/Permits.html) is highly cherished and not transferable. There are hefty fines for hikers caught in the area without one. There are also motion-activated cameras along the route, so don't attempt this hike without a permit. You can get to The Wave trailhead without a specialized vehicle and to the Wave without a guide.

The Wave is an international destination and is certainly worth visiting, but I found the formations in South Coyote Buttes just as interesting. The Wave is in shadow except for mid-day so unless the reflecting pools have water or you happen to have interesting weather on your permit day, most of the photographs look the same and are illuminated with harsh light against bright blue skies. However, there are also numerous other interesting features within the permit area.

The South Coyote Butte permit area also has extensive formations and unique features and in many ways is more interesting to explore than The Wave. In addition there are adjoining areas that do not require a lottery permit, including White Pockets, Wire Pass Slot Canyon and Buckskin Gulch. All of the areas are accessible off of House Rock Road. Some access requires high-clearance four-wheel drive vehicles, whereas others do not. All access is weather dependent as the roads are unpaved and you will encounter deep sand and clay (in wet conditions).

©Rich Beckman

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The Wave, Coyote Buttes, Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument

The Coyote Buttes Special Management Area is between Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the upper section of the Paria Canyon Wilderness Area - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. A Coyote Buttes South permit allows access to Cottonwood Cove, Paw Hole and other features in the south permit area. A Coyote Buttes North lottery permit allows access to The Wave and other features in the north permit area.

The Wave is a sandstone formation of intersecting U-shaped troughs administered by the BLM. The trails to the Wave are not marked, but a guide sheet is provided to permitted hikers that includes photos and waypoints. A permit to the Wave (https://www.thewave.info/CoyoteButtesNorthCode/Permits.html) is highly cherished and not transferable. There are hefty fines for hikers caught in the area without one. There are also motion-activated cameras along the route, so don't attempt this hike without a permit. You can get to The Wave trailhead without a specialized vehicle and to the Wave without a guide.

The Wave is an international destination and is certainly worth visiting, but I found the formations in South Coyote Buttes just as interesting. The Wave is in shadow except for mid-day so unless the reflecting pools have water or you happen to have interesting weather on your permit day, most of the photographs look the same and are illuminated with harsh light against bright blue skies. However, there are also numerous other interesting features within the permit area.

The South Coyote Butte permit area also has extensive formations and unique features and in many ways is more interesting to explore than The Wave. In addition there are adjoining areas that do not require a lottery permit, including White Pockets, Wire Pass Slot Canyon and Buckskin Gulch. All of the areas are accessible off of House Rock Road. Some access requires high-clearance four-wheel drive vehicles, whereas others do not. All access is weather dependent as the roads are unpaved and you will encounter deep sand and clay (in wet conditions).

©Rich Beckman