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Hiking the Wave in Coyote Buttes

Deb thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and is a Search & Rescue volunteer and writer living in Flagstaff, AZ.

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See Geology at its Best in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness

Until a friend invited me on a hiking trip in northern Arizona and southern Utah, I'd not heard of the Wave. But I realized when we arrived that I had seen photos of this amazing geological formation, now an internationally known and very popular wilderness destination. Which is why daily visitation to the Wave has been limited by the Bureau of Land Management, to prevent excessive damage, crowding, and overuse of the area.

If you're willing to take your chances with the permit process, which I'll describe below, and can hike six, mostly easy to moderately difficult (round-trip) miles in desert terrain, I highly recommend a visit to the Wave.

Here, I'll show you photos from one of my own hikes to the Wave (I've now been there three times), describe the route, the terrain, and a little of the geological history of the area, and tell you—and show you—how to get there once you've obtained your Wave permit.

Have You Been To the Wave in North Coyote Buttes? - A Visitor Poll

What Forces Created the Wave?

The Wave

The Wave

According to Wikipedia, the Wave is composed of Jurassic-age Navajo sandstone, approximately 190 million years old. Scientists say the ancient sand dunes turned into hard, compacted rock over the ages, calcifying in vertical and horizontal layers. Further erosion by wind and rain created the spectacular landscape we see today.

You can read more about the unique geological characteristics of the Wave on Geology.com.

Hiking to the Wave: A Pictorial Guide

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You start from the Wire Pass trailhead on House Rock Valley Road....C'mon, let's go!

You'll begin your hike to the Wave by walking up a wash. If you continued along this wash, it would eventually lead you into Buckskin Gulch, the world's longest slot canyon, but to go to the Wave you'll turn off to the right—south/southeast—before then.

If you see a narrow slot up ahead, you've gone too far.

Of course, washes aren't always dry, so check the weather forecast (you can ask at the Ranger Station) before you begin your hike to the Wave. You don't want to be in that wash when it's running.

Coordinates of the Wave:

  • Latitude 36° 59' 45.84" N
  • Longitude 112° 0' 21.9" W

You can view a topographic map of Coyote Buttes, Arizona, including the Wave, at TopoQuest.com.

Sign on the way to the Wave

Sign on the way to the Wave

The Trail Towards the Wave Departs From the Wash

But you're not on a trail for long.

After following the wash for less than a mile, you'll see a sign post on your right: "Coyote Buttes." (NOTE: There's still a sign there, but it's been changed to a white sign on a wooden post, and it's on the right side of the trail, not the left as pictured here.)

All hikers need a permit to enter this area, whether or not they're headed for the Wave or some other destination. And the Wave requires a specific permit, which should be displayed on the backpack of one person in each party.

When you first turn off from the wash, you'll climb a short but steep, sandy hill, which will get your heart rate going. This and the final climb up a sand dune just before the Wave are the most difficult parts of the hike.

Due to a number of people getting lost in the area, the Bureau of Land Management has amended the material they give out to Wave permit-holders to include GPS coordinates of various points along the route and a photographic map of features to keep an eye out for.

If you pay attention to the directions and the terrain, you should have no problem finding the Wave, although, we did still run into people out there who seemed confused.

A View of the Landscape En Route to the Wave

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Some folks say it looks like another planet.

This stark, other-worldly, and amazingly beautiful land gets extremely hot in the summer, with temperatures often reaching above 100 degrees Fahrenheit by midday. So, if you're hiking to the Wave in June, July or August, be sure to start very early (before sunrise would be best), carry plenty of water (a gallon per person for the day, I'd say), and wear a wide-brimmed hat. And don't forget some snacks—sugary and salty—to keep your electrolytes and energy up.

Forgive me if it goes without saying, but just in case.... cellphones won't work out here, so be prepared, because you can't ring or text for assistance.

The Route: Sand and Slickrock

Hiking the Wave

Hiking the Wave

After a short stretch on sandy trail, you'll come to a large area of slickrock, which, when dry, offers very good footing.

Now you'll no longer be guided by trail but rather by terrain features and, here and there, small cairns (man-made piles of rocks). I found these cairns, which are often made up of no more than two or three small rocks, easy to miss and sometimes a bit confusing, but you'll probably spot most of them if you keep a careful eye out. They really aren't necessary, though, to find your way to the Wave. (NOTE: The BLM has been removing these confusing cairns.)

Head for the Twin Buttes

Head for the Twin Buttes, not necessarily for other people's footprints.

Head for the Twin Buttes, not necessarily for other people's footprints.

The BLM instructions will point you to the right of two large ... well, I call them rock lumps, but they're officially called the "Twin Buttes." They should be pretty easy to identify from the photos on your handout. Be careful, though; there are other double "rock lumps" around that could fool you.

Still, even if you stray in this area, another major feature in the distance will draw you into the Wave.

Navigating to the Wave Shouldn't Be Difficult

...if you follow directions and pay attention to the map and terrain.

Here, my friend Sueanne walks to the right of the Twin Buttes. The buttes can be passed on the left, but it's easier to walk up the slickrock bowl and go around to the right.

Hiking the Wave

Hiking the Wave

Half a mile past the Twin Buttes, you'll come to a wash. If you look across the wash, you'll see the multicolored domes on the opposite side. These and the sandstone formations to the right are where the Wave is located.

Finding The Wave

Head for the crack in the rock. See it in the distance, just to the left of center in the photo?

Hiking The Wave

Hiking The Wave

The Wave is located below that dark crack -- aptly known as "the Black Crack" -- in the distance (pictured here just to the left of center). Just make your way cross-country towards that point.

The Ascent Before the Wave

Hiking the Wave

Hiking the Wave

Trudge up this sand dune to reach your destination.

This is the most difficult part of the hike to The Wave -- and it's a bit steeper and longer than it looks in this photo -- but you'll be well rewarded at the top.

So, do a slow, choppy trudge or pick up steam and motor your way up the last stretch of sand, whatever suits you, and you'll be at your destination shortly.

Arriving at the Wave: A Hidden Gem

The Wave

The Wave

Take your time. Explore the nooks and crannies. Check out the details. Listen to the silence and imagine this place thousands and millions of years ago.

Close-ups of The Wave—The Ultimate "Rock Art"

The Wave

The Wave

Natural Design—Pay Attention to the Amazing Details

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The Wave

Do you see the forms of other things in these designs by nature?

These Designs Look Like Waves, too, Don't They?

The Wave

The Wave

The Wave 2: A Short Walk Beyond the Wave

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The Wave

A third of a mile west of the Wave is another amazing formation, this one with lighter pastel colors. Just continue along on the "shelf" at the same level as the Wave, and you'll find it.

The Wave Is Hidden in This Amazing Landscape—And so Am I!

The Wave

The Wave

A special treat after a rainstorm: Small pools, which can remain for several days, often contain a large number of tadpoles and fairy shrimp.

The Wave

The Wave

That's the True Color of the Sky

The Wave

The Wave

Video: Images from a Hike to the World-Famous Wave

The images in this video were taken by Anna Malkowicz, who was visiting from Poland.

Getting a Permit for the Hike

This isn't the fun part of the Wave experience, but it is required.

My friend and I got lucky. Ours was the third application drawn that morning, as more than 50 people waited at the Ranger Station to find out if they'd get a permit for the Wave for the following day. There were spots remaining for only two more people, and the remaining parties consisted of three and four people.

The Permit Process Explained:

Only 20 people are allowed into the Wave each day, with a maximum group size of six.

Ten spots are reserved for the in-person permit lottery at the Ranger Station, beginning at 9 am each morning, and ten other slots are doled out by the online lottery system. You would need to arrive at the Ranger Station early to fill out the application and be entered into the drawing. The permit is for the NEXT day, not that same day it's drawn.

Again, day-use permits for The Wave and North Coyote Buttes are available online and as walk-in permits at the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Visitor Center in Kanab, Utah (Phone: 435-826-5499), the day before you want to hike. (You can also obtain permits for South Coyote Buttes, also a beautiful area, and those permits are easier to get.)

For the online permit lottery, you have to pay a $5 nonrefundable application fee, and you can choose up to three dates per application. If you win a permit, you will be given just one of the three days. With the in-person lottery, you pay only if you receive a permit. The permits are $7 per person.

Online permits for the Wave may be obtained up to four months in advance, and you have an entire month to apply.

If you enter the lottery for the Wave and Coyote Buttes North, attempting to obtain a permit for the months of April, May, September, or October, the odds are about 10%. For other months (in the off-season), the chances are better.

Visit the BLM website for more information on how to obtain a permit for the Wave.

Be aware that the area is patrolled by rangers, and fines will be issued to those without permits. A copy of the permit will also need to be displayed on the dashboard of your vehicle.

The Wave

The Wave

Take a Look at the In-Person Permit Lottery for the Wave

This took place at the Paria Ranger Station, but you can no longer get the permits here. You'll have to go to the Kanab Ranger Station. This is what you can expect, though....

Directions To the Wave Trailhead on House Rock Valley Road

The Wave is located in the North Coyote Buttes area south of US Highway 89 between Page, Arizona, and Kanab, Utah. The hike begins at the Wire Pass Trailhead on unpaved House Rock Valley Road in the Paria Canyon-Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness.

When House Rock Valley Road is wet, it can become impassable. During dry conditions, however, a two-wheel drive vehicle is sufficient, though high clearance would be preferable.

Getting to the Trailhead

Trailhead for The Wave and Buckskin Gulch

Trailhead for The Wave and Buckskin Gulch

The turnoff from US 89 onto House Rock Valley Road is not signed, but it's located between mile markers 25 and 26 about 40 miles east of Kanab, Utah and 34 miles west of Page. This turnoff is 4 miles west of the Paria Ranger Station.

About 4.2 miles south of US 89 on House Rock Valley Road, you pass the Buckskin Trailhead on your left. Then, 3.7 miles further is the Wire Pass Trailhead with a large parking area and restrooms. The parking area is on the right (heading northbound), but the actual trailhead is on the left.

The trailhead is located in Utah, while the Wave itself is actually in Arizona.

Trailhead coordinates: 37 degrees 1.19'N / 112 degrees 1.48'W

An Article From The Los Angeles Times

More Information About The Wave—And Other Places To Visit In Coyote Buttes

Another Wave Rock Formation

Check out the amazing Wave in Australia.

Recommended Utah Hiking Guides

The Wave is actually located in Coconino County, Arizona, but is right near the Arizona/Utah border. And there's lots to see on foot in Utah. Here are two great guide books to help you decide where to go next and how to get there.

Explore Utah Canyon Country

Recommended by the Glen Canyon Natural History Association, and by me, this book guides hikers to the most compelling destinations in southern Utah's spectacular canyon country.

Another Awesome Site to See in Coyote Buttes

Let me show you around White Pocket. (pictured below)

Sueanne and I had a day to spend exploring before we could use our permit for The Wave, so we spontaneously decided to visit this incredible place she'd heard about from a friend. If there's anything that can possibly top The Wave, White Pocket might be it. And no permit necessary ... as long as you can get there.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

Question: Are dogs allowed to hike with you in Coyote Butte? Also, can you hike during the month of December?

Answer: Yes and yes. Re: dogs, the BLM site says, "Dogs are allowed. They must be kept under control at all times and you must pack out their waste." It probably goes without saying, though, that during the summer -- and even in late spring and early fall -- it gets VERY hot out there, and the sand gets extremely hot, so I would never bring a dog during those months. As far as hiking in December, yes. It would certainly be a lot cooler/more comfortable for both humans and dogs. Here's the BLM site for more information: https://www.blm.gov/programs/recreation/permits-an...

© 2009 Deb Kingsbury

What Do You Think of the Wave? Have You Been There?

Deb Kingsbury (author) from Flagstaff, Arizona on July 08, 2020:

Thanks, John! It's an amazing place. I'm glad you finally were able to get a permit ... and that you were there to help those ladies out. It may not be a long hike, but, yes, it is possible to get off-track, and with the heat out there, people definitely get in trouble. Thanks for commenting.

John Neff on July 07, 2020:

Incredibly beautiful hard to get lucky One of my best friends lives in apple valley backs up to gooseberry Mesa our 1st attempt was a failure went out to visit 2 years later and we got lucky got our name drawn for last 2 spots ranger station is middle of nowhere get a brochure with 13 landmarks fairly easy hike but could see how people get lost met to older women who followed some people in im older also 60s we started in the late morning I have a bunch of amazing photos most people had left and the 2 gals asked if we could help them get back one was in good shape the other not We helped them i held the ladies hand on some more difficult spots shared some beer with them when we got back said we were their garden angles who rescued them they were old friends that would do a trp together once a year they got a spot from the internet

Deb Kingsbury (author) from Flagstaff, Arizona on December 02, 2019:

That's great you got a permit and were able to go. It's definitely worth going back to see the second wave AND places beyond. There's a really awesome canyon not far from the wave and second wave.

Gail, Dan & Ruth on December 01, 2019:

Just hiked the wave this past October. Absolutely amazing. Can't even put into words how beautiful and incredible this experience was. Got permit in person at the Kanab Ranger station on our second try. Didn't know about the "2nd wave". Will just have to go back!

CARMEN-2007 on May 01, 2018:

I felt like if I was in another world, in a dream, more than in a dream...it was absolutly amazing. Very blue sky in contrast with all the colors and textures. After discovered the wave...I walked up for a while to the other wave and a bit more, and watching all that cannyon and desert...I crayed.

Amy Yvonne Thompson on August 16, 2014:

I live in Snow Canyon, and you want to make sure to take plenty of water, sunscreen, hat, and companion. You did something I keep thinking of doing, and it really is a spectacular sight, even prettier in person. If you are traveling to the area, check out some of the tourist guide attractions in the surrounding areas. Resorts, tour guides, food, entertainment, etc.

RainFern on July 29, 2014:

I haven't been to see The Wave, "yet". But I'd love to see it! It's not too far from me. Thanks for making such an informative Lens! I'll definitely have to revisit here a few times to absorb all of the information. Well done! This Lens is brilliant! Your pictures are absolutely wonderful!

tkdrules29 on July 20, 2014:

pretty

fibonacci1123 on July 17, 2014:

AWESOME lens. Beautiful. Bravo.

LoriBeninger on July 11, 2014:

Lovely lens.

Robert Connor from Michigan on June 17, 2014:

Awesome rock formations!

Linda Hoxie from Idaho on June 08, 2014:

Once again you have shared such beauty with us, love this lens and all your knowledge that goes into writing it. I would have had no idea that you had to have a permit to see it. This is just one of the few things we have yet to see in Utah/Arizona area. Thank you!

Giovanna from UK on June 05, 2014:

Beautiful place - i love to go there one day. I love you photos too.

Merry Citarella from Oregon's Southern Coast on April 14, 2014:

Amazing! I'd love to see it in person, but your photos are wonderful.

Stephen J Parkin from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada on April 14, 2014:

No but it would be something to remember if I ever got there!

Robert Connor from Michigan on April 07, 2014:

Real nice but we would be worried about snakes & spiders. haha

lidialbuquerque on April 02, 2014:

Amazingly beautiful! I've never been there, but definitely want to visit soon!

Leah J. Hileman from East Berlin, PA, USA on April 01, 2014:

Came back to give a BOOST and to say that your lens will be featured on the USA Coast-To-Coast Travel blog on wordpress soon! Great lens. Beautiful pictures and loads of useful information for potential travelers.

blestman lm on March 16, 2014:

Awesome formation. I went to Arizona last October and ended up at the Grand Canyon. Would have liked to have taken in "the wave" too. It looks mystical. Thanks for the lens

TerriCarr on March 12, 2014:

I have been to Red Rock country but not to this particular place. It must be pretty awesome!

Julie Parks from Chula Vista, CA on March 02, 2014:

Awesome pictures. It amazing how nature creates such beauty, like The Grand Canyon. Thanks for making this lens. The lines and colors make them absolutely beautiful..

sethandressen on February 13, 2014:

Awesome photography. These places are simply amazing. The contours and the lines are simply magical.

jamer76 on February 01, 2014:

Sorry, one more question. My family is very used to hiking/running with Vibram Fivefingers/barefoot/minimalist and we haven't worn "boots" in years. I know everything warns you to wear sturdy footwear, but I think we will be fine with our minimalist footwear. Am I being naïve? Thanks!

jamer76 on February 01, 2014:

Hi! We got picked for the hike this year 2014 on May 20th. Any idea if a four-wheel drive is necessary? Some people have suggested a guide to the Buttes because the roads can become impassable. Thanks for any info!

Max Globe on January 30, 2014:

Wow, those lines are crazy! Such an amazing place, I would have made some stunning pictures thre)

Lynn Klobuchar on January 08, 2014:

Truly awesome.

bikinjudy on November 08, 2013:

It is everything the pictures show. When hiking during the summer months do not think that water in a camelback is enough. Carry extra bottles of water. After I hiked there in summer of 2013....3 people died because of not having enough water and not being in good shape. The hike into The Wave is relatively easy but after spending 4-5 hours in the heat at The Wave....the return hike out is deceptive and I actually ran out of water. I had on a camelback and a huge bottle of water that was frozen when I began. I am very lucky that I made it out alive!! I thought it was awesome. This is something that was carved by nature. I have seen Machu Pichu and hiked up there along the

Salcantay trail and yet, this trip to The Wave was much harder coming out and more memorable. You will love it if you can win the lottery to get in. JudyP-M

Andrew4M on August 08, 2013:

Awesome, the photos are thrilling.

josietook on July 31, 2013:

Fantastic, really love the photo under the heading "What Forces Created The Wave?"

Ean Brandon from United States on July 19, 2013:

I live just two hours from the wave and have never been there!

DEFINITELY GOING THERE ASAP

thanks,

David Edward Lynch from Port Elizabeth, South Africa on July 05, 2013:

Looks like an amazing place!

Ash2013 on June 12, 2013:

Wow! Totally awe inspiring, thanks for showing us these beautiful pictures.

anonymous on May 13, 2013:

Beautiful!

ConvenientCalendar on May 07, 2013:

The pictures are amazing!

mariacarbonara on May 04, 2013:

Truly stunning. Like one of those must do trips!

ian-patrick-716 on April 26, 2013:

looks amazing

Margot_C on April 25, 2013:

That's awesome! Would love to go someday. Thanks for sharing.

webscribbler on April 11, 2013:

Thank you so much for sharing your adventure. Based on the lottery system it seems that very few people get an up close view like yours. The hike puts it out of reach for me. Your wonderful lens is a great way for people like me to see such out of the way wonders that would otherwise be inaccessible to us.

RickyDawn1 on April 11, 2013:

Absolutely beautiful!

agagata lm on April 10, 2013:

WOW! The place is stunning! Thank you very much for sharing it with us!

danniblaze on April 09, 2013:

Great lens, it looks absolutely beautiful there.

bethann21 on April 05, 2013:

Been there and other red rock areas. It is truly amazing. Nice lens. Great information. Everyone should see it at least once in their lives!

chocochipchip on March 30, 2013:

What an adventure!

anonymous on March 30, 2013:

Never been but your beautiful lens had made me seriously want to.

ajayonline on March 29, 2013:

one of the best places to be in.

Rowan Chisholm from Washington state on March 27, 2013:

I'd love to see this in person. I had seen pictures of this before, but had had no idea where it was or what sort of terrain it was in. This lens really shows what it's like to go there. Thanks for sharing the hike as well as the destination.

Loretta Livingstone from Chilterns, UK. on March 26, 2013:

Wow! What glorious colours. God is the top artist! Nature is amazingly beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Awesome photos.

Loretta Livingstone from Chilterns, UK. on March 26, 2013:

Wow! What glorious colours. God is the top artist! Nature is amazingly beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Awesome photos.

Laurabpeterson on March 25, 2013:

Stunning! I love your photos. What a fantastic guide to getting to the Wave! I love you lens and I will be adding it to my lens here: http://squidoo.com/mountain-pictures-i-love.

alina nicoleta92 on March 25, 2013:

It seems like a really great place and the pictures are marvelous:)

BabysownRoom LM on March 23, 2013:

After viewing all your pictures I want to hike it again! :) Thanks for sharing and reminding me what a wonderful world we live in.

seosmm on March 23, 2013:

What an amazing place. Would be a great place for beautiful photos.

Michelllle on March 22, 2013:

Wow. Beautiful lens. I wanna go.

Meyani on March 22, 2013:

amazing place.

mischiefmydear on March 22, 2013:

It's absolutely beautiful! Looks well worth the work required to get a permit... and definitely will be going on my "to visit" list!

davidtrust on March 21, 2013:

That looks cool! Gotta add that to my ever expanding list of places to see!

ArleneKroeker on March 20, 2013:

Captivating photos. Thanks for showing this part of the country.

reells on March 18, 2013:

Beautiful pics! I would love to see it.

anonymous on March 17, 2013:

What an awe-inspiring lens. As an avid "ex traveller" but now an armchair traveller I think you've managed to get the travel bug stirring again. I am a newbie here so am absolutely loving looking around and discovering all about Squidoo.

VladJohn888 on March 16, 2013:

Amazing. good job!

MusicMadness LM on March 15, 2013:

Pretty spectacular stuff mate. I'll have to add this place to my bucket list destinations.

Vera-S on March 15, 2013:

Beautiful breathtaking pictures. Great lens.

petertraoassi2 on March 14, 2013:

Surreal! It looks like Tatooine.

Ana Dilber on March 12, 2013:

Great lens, I really love the topic. Hiking is one of my favorite hobbies, hope I will have opportunity to try this.

pericaluic on March 11, 2013:

Very nice

Ben Reed from Redcar on March 10, 2013:

An interesting lense - thank you for sharing.

anonymous on March 10, 2013:

Your lens is so informative ⦠keep up the good work!!!!

anonymous on March 09, 2013:

You may have just added this to my bucket list. Thanks for sharing this

hovirag on March 09, 2013:

It is indeed breath taking! I really hope I can visit it one day!

tobydavis on March 09, 2013:

Fantastic photographs! Such an amazing piece of nature - breathtaking!

myoyster1957 on March 08, 2013:

Must have been a great hike, nice lens with really good photos.

DvdMovieGirl on March 08, 2013:

I had never heard of the Wave. But one day be sure I will come and hike that trail and try to take photographs as brilliant as yours! I learn so much on Squidoo!

JeffGilbert on March 08, 2013:

There's so much great geology in Utah. Like Bryce Canyon, this is one of the wonders of the world.. :)

jackprost on March 08, 2013:

great lens, i like hiking

Laurel Johnson from Washington KS on March 06, 2013:

Breathtaking photos. Loved this lens!!

poldepc lm on March 06, 2013:

great information; thanks for sharing...

goldenrulecomics from New Jersey on March 05, 2013:

Beautiful photos!

top-notch-shop on March 05, 2013:

Looks a great place to visit

webmavern on March 05, 2013:

Wow it's amazing! What a beautiful place to visit.

Fcuk Hub on March 05, 2013:

I don't know what to say. Just beautiful :)

MarionElodie on March 05, 2013:

I think it's amazing! Hopefully I'll be able to make it there one day.

traveldestinations on March 04, 2013:

Blessed! Congratulations on your lens. The photos alone are amazing.

SquidooMBA on March 04, 2013:

Looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

LeslieMirror on March 04, 2013:

I can't but stop adoring what amazing gifts our nature can provide us with. Such beautiful places make us feel being in a fairy-tail!

rattie lm on March 04, 2013:

In the true sense of the word, that is absolutely awesome. I can't wait to do this! Congratulations on a well-earned purple star.

Allison Whitehead on March 03, 2013:

Amazing lens and well worth blessing :)

PiccadillyPunkin on March 03, 2013:

Absolutely AMAZING! I loved your lens...the beautiful images, the great info about The Wave...it's now on my bucket list. Awesome!

MichaelDubrovnik on March 02, 2013:

It looks amazing!

nicksanders lm on March 02, 2013:

I love these photos - they're really different. I suppose it's quite surreal walking around on the wave. Looks like it might be worth trying when I'm over in that part of the US though; I'm kinda drawn to strange things.

Christine and Peter Broster from Tywyn Wales UK on March 01, 2013:

I would love to see these. Lovely photos

willoconner on February 28, 2013:

Lovely Clicks!

DebW07 on February 27, 2013:

Beautiful photos!

Faye Rutledge from Concord VA on February 24, 2013:

Beautiful photos! :)

Sherry B19 on February 23, 2013:

Beautiful pictures! It looks like it is an amazing place to visit. I really enjoyed reading your lens and found it very informative...I never knew about this place before reading your lens. Thank you for sharing this!

anonymous on February 23, 2013:

Oh my god, such beautiful pictures! I am sure that this was an amazing experience for you! One I wish I could go on one day!

Ayngel Overson from Crestone, Co on February 22, 2013:

Always a pleasure to read your work, but the images on this one were truly stunning! Well done, and well worth a front page spot.

crbphotography on February 22, 2013:

Unbelievable photographs. I have got to go to the Wave and Coyote Buttes. On my bucket list.

air ambulance s on February 22, 2013:

Your pictures look amazing! I enjoyed your lens so much. Thanks for sharing this.

worldwidesouven on February 19, 2013:

I like this area so much! You were lucky to get this permit. Thank you for detalied explanation and links about how to get it!

beaworkathomemom on February 16, 2013:

WOW! Such a beautiful place. The pictures are stunning, but I'm sure in person it's even more spectacular.