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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 to acquire a permit 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 the first 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 permit 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 turn is very easy to miss if you’re not looking for it. 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. There are vault toilets at the parking area. No facilities at the Wave.
Crowd Factor Just a few people
Best Timing Sunrise during fall
Sunrise & Sunset 06:42 - 17:42 | current local time: 11:40
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