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USA The Wave

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The required permit to explore The Wave is probably the most sought after prize in the U.S. park system for good reason. It is astonishingly beautiful and bizarre at the same time. I had seen many photographs of the area before finally winning the permit lottery. Still, when I caught my first live glimpse of the Wave my jaw literally dropped followed immediately with an audible “OMG!” To say it was worth the effort is an understatement. I had made several attempts via the online lottery and a half dozen attempts via the walk-in lottery at the BLM office in Kanab, Utah. We thought we were clever the time we made tracks through a snow covered highway for two hours thinking we were the only people foolish enough to make the drive to Kanab in those conditions. By the time the lottery started at the BLM office, we were surrounded by about 300 hundred other fools vying for the 10 permits available. And we whiffed again. But we persisted. It was worth it.

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From Kanab, drive 40 miles east on US-89. Turn right onto House Rock Valley Road, located between mile markers 25 and 26, just before a guardrail and a sweeping left hand curve in the road. The Wire Pass trailhead parking area is 8.3 miles from US89. It takes approx. 2 hours to get from Hurricane, Utah to the trailhead. To get from the parking area to The Wave, you must get a permit to get the detailed directions including a dozen or so visual aids for both the trek in and the trek back to your vehicle.
Crowd Factor Just a few people
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Sunrise & Sunset 07:34 - 17:45 | current local time: 16:45
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Gary Leverett
Gary Leverett 05.06.2020
Thanks Edward. And you’re welcome. If you ever try for the Wave permit lottery in Kanab and are unsuccessful (as the vast majority are), and if you have a 4WD vehicle and have experience driving in deep sand, hang around the BLM for a few minutes for the Coyote Buttes South permit lottery which is much easier. I’ve done it twice and there weren’t 10 people trying, so the ranger simply gave me permits on the spot. Coyote Buttes South is also incredible (see “Cottonwood Cove” and “Paw Holes”) but demand is limited because the drive to get there is daunting.
Edward 05.06.2020
Amazing shots and the information is both interesting and helpful. Its in the bucket list now. Thank you.

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