By Oreoritse Tariemi
March 21, 2022 | 11:44
If hiking and nature are your thing, then hiking The Wave in Arizona should definitely be on your bucket list. Well known for its colorful and wavy shapes, this fragile rock formation and amazing colors of sand and nature is located in Arizona, USA and a popular destination for many hikers and photographers. Located…
If hiking and nature are your thing, then hiking The Wave in Arizona should definitely be on your bucket list.
Well known for its colorful and wavy shapes, this fragile rock formation and amazing colors of sand and nature is located in Arizona, USA and a popular destination for many hikers and photographers.
Located on the slopes of Coyote Buttes in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness of the Colorado Plateau, hiking The Wave is tough and a challenge that many people are up for.
A 6-mile hike on this red rock and sand road can be accessed from the Wire Pass trailhead in the North Coyote Buttes permit area of Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. You will need a map and basic navigation skills to navigate it.
enjoy the beauty
A few hours after noon is the perfect time to take photos of The Wave. At this time, there are no shadows in the center.
But if you prefer more dramatic shots, the early morning and late afternoon shadows add the needed effect.
Just above and slightly west of The Wave is the “second wave” or “middle wave” with much paler colors. This makes it the perfect background for landscape photography, showcasing the best of nature in all its glory.
Access the wave
As beautiful as The Wave is, this natural beauty is not accessible to everyone. You would need a permit obtained through a daily or online lottery system. You must obtain permits online four months before your planned trip. Once your permit is confirmed, you will then receive a map and hiking information.
Only 64 people receive permits for The Wave daily. 48 people or 12 groups via the online lottery system and 16 people or four groups via the walk-in lottery.
The online lottery assigns 48 permits or 12 groups three or four months in advance via the Recreation.gov website (North Coyote Buttes Online Permit Lottery). Meanwhile, the daily geo-fences online lottery allows 16 permits or 4 groups. Each group consists of between 1 and 16 people and the animals must be included separately on the permit.
The online lottery application costs $9/application; this payment is non-refundable whether you fail or not.
The online lottery costs $9 per application and is non-refundable, even if you are unsuccessful.
Dress for the wave
Since you’ll be hiking in the hot, dusty desert, you should have your trusty water bottle with you. Pack at least 3 liters of water using a backpack with a hydration reservoir.
Don’t forget to use sunscreen and wear good hiking shoes. Now that the trail is not well marked and no cell phone service is available, pack a good map with a GPS and a communication device.
The average hiking time is 90 minutes, but some groups can use up to 3 hours.
If you’re hiking The Wave, be sure to tag @guardianlifeng in your photos and let us know how exciting this experience was for you.