January 3, 2008

Hiking the Wave

hiking the wave, arizonePhoto by Picture Taking Fool on flickr

A post about The Wave on Backcountry Blog led me to enter the Coyote Buttes permit lottery for the boys' spring break this year. We've been wanting to go back to Bryce Canyon and also visit Arches National Park for a while now, so when I saw those incredible pictures, it seemed a perfect fit. Unfortunately, we didn't win permits for the days we would be in Utah. Oh well, we'll try again next year, or maybe for the fall.

The Wave is located in Coyote Buttes in Paria Canyon/Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness in Arizona, near the border with Utah. Visitors to Coyote Buttes North, where the wave is located, are limited to 20 per day. Ten of them reserved in advanced and ten left for walk-ins. All reservations are subject to a lottery system to make it as fair as possible.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press also has a nice article on hiking The Wave.