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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 hopeful tourists vying for the 10 permits available. And we whiffed again. But we persisted. It was worth it. If you’re among those who failed to win a permit, all is not lost. From the same trailhead (Wire Pass) another spectacular destination is available that requires a permit ($6 US per person) that is easily acquired at the trailhead via a self-registration and payment via drop box. The Wire Pass slot canyon to Buckskin Gulch is rated one of the top hikes in the US.

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From Kanab, Utah 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 that includes a dozen or so visual aids for both the trek in and the trek back to your vehicle.
Crowd Factor Just a few people
Best Timing Fall
Sunrise & Sunset 07:20 - 17:13 | current local time: 14:31
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