South Coyote Buttes

South Coyote Buttes

The Southern cousin to The Wave, South Coyote Buttes has a mystique all its own.  Just like the North Coyote Buttes, it is protected from high foot traffic, so that visitors may enjoy it for years to come.  Protecting these areas from high visitation also ensures that photographs may be taken of the area, sans large crowds.

In order to visit South Coyote Buttes, one must first obtain a permit from the BLM.

Online Lottery

To apply for permits online, you will need to go to this site.  Applications are entered 4 months in advance.  If you enter later in the month, you will be able to see which days have the most applications entered already, thereby giving you the advantage of choosing days that have fewer applicants (if you have that luxury in scheduling).   When entering the online lottery, if you plan on using our services as guides, you would choose Cottonwood as the Trailhead.  For the license plate number, enter KTC.  Note that we operate Monday through Saturday.  You do not need to obtain a permit for your guide.  We carry our own guiding permissions from the BLM.

If you are lucky and win a permit, it will be mailed to you at the address on your application.  You can call us and schedule a tour of the area.

In Person Lottery

Perhaps one of the most exciting recurring events is the in person lottery, which is held at the BLM Visitors Center in Kanab. At 9:00 a.m., the lottery is held for the North Coyote Buttes area.  Those who do not obtain permits for the North area often will apply for the South.  The South Coyote Buttes permits are drawn at 10:00 a.m.  Each application is assigned a number, and old fashioned wooden BINGO balls are placed into a roller cage representing each number.   The BLM employee will roll the cage around until a ball drops.  They will announce the number, and there will generally be cheers from somewhere in the room.  Occasionally more than 10 permits are issued in this system (for example, if there is one permit remaining to be drawn, they will allow two people in a group to take it, because they do not encourage lone hiking to the South Coyote Buttes).

Winners of these permits are given fluorescent tags for their backpacks.  Volunteers from the BLM will check hikers in the area to make sure they are permitted.   If you are a lucky winner in this case, we would love to guide you.  Simply call us and check our availability.  We are often ready to go on tour on short notice.

Our South Coyote Buttes tour consists of the following:

Transport in a 4WD vehicle (an absolute necessity on the backcountry trails!)

Guided hiking throughout the South Coyote Buttes area, (approximately 4-5 miles)

Opportunities to see: Gumdrop RockRadio Tower, The "Mini Wave"Cottonwood CovePawhole, and other fantastic sights!

Knowledge of the history, geology, plant and wildlife in the area, provided by your guide

Ensuring of safety at all times.

Visitors from all around the world come to enjoy South Coyote Buttes

This tour may be enjoyed in our Jeep, or you may prefer to take the ATV's.  Because it takes more resources to bring ATV's to South Coyote Buttes, we charge accordingly.  Either experience is wonderful; it is simply a matter of preference.

Your guide will provide a cooler with iced bottled water.

Prices are subject to Utah Sales Tax.

Add our White Pocket Tour on to your South Coyote Buttes experience for just $150 more for the group!  These places are located near each other. It adds value to your day to see both places while you are out there. This addition will increase your tour time by 1.5-2 hours.

Please bring:

Lunch/snacks for the day (if you need to keep things cold you are welcome to use our cooler)

Clothing appropriate for the weather (sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, light layers in summer, gloves, beanie, winter coat, etc. in winter)

A camera to capture the memories!