The Wave, Arizona

January 6, 2013


The Wave, Arizona

The Wave, Arizona

Hugo Martin from the Los Angeles Times has aptly commented, “You can’t call yourself a landscape photographer if you haven’t snapped a photo or two of the Wave.”

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), part of the United States Department of the Interior, administers Paria Canyon. The Wave is located in this region. The BLM issues a day-use permit to visit The Wave.

For various reasons BLM limits access to the North Coyote Buttes Wilderness Area to just twenty permits per day. It conducts an on-line lottery all-round the year. Ten permits are available on-line, four months before the month for which the ticket is sought. The remaining ten are made available through lottery a day before the Hike. The lottery for the walk-in permits takes place at 9:00 every morning at the ranger station at the east end of Kanab.

Spring and autumn are the most popular times of the year to visit. It is an extremely popular destination and chances of getting a permit by advance lottery or the day-before the lottery is much less than 50% from March through November. If you definitely are willing to plan a hike, I would suggest you to gear for since this place is sure to give you the chills and thrills one expects in rigid climates and acrid atmosphere.

The visitors are advised to thoroughly study the navigating guide sheet provided by the BLM to every permitted hiker. This has been designed for use with a compass, GPS or visual navigation. It can be a tough challenge to find The Wave. The changing appearance of the terrain as the direction of the light shifts seems to be an important factor in a number of incidents.

 When you set out to this place you will find yourself tumbling down the rabbit hole since you cant find any clues leading to this place except for one from the Coyote Buttes Region for a landmark that is popularly referred to as Black Crack underneath which is the destination you were all waiting to explore.

The trail to The Wave begins at the Wire Pass Trailhead, about 8.3 miles (13.4 km) south of US 89 along House Rock Valley Road, a dirt road about 35.4 miles (57.0 km) west of Page, Arizona or 38.6 miles (62.1 km) east of Kanab, Utah, that is accessible to most vehicles in good weather. During and after a storm the road may be impassable, even with a four-wheel-drive vehicle. Wire Pass Trailhead includes a wide parking lot with restrooms, but no water. It is also accessible from the Arizona side by taking U.S. Highway 89A from Jacob Lake on the Kaibab Plateau toward the Navajo Bridge, turning north onto the House Rock Valley Road, after descending from the Kaibab. This is a longer access route over dirt road than from the Utah side.

Often guides can share knowledge and lead a group to many of the features proximal to this location that are more hidden or subtle. Most carry satellite communications in case of emergency.

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