The Wave Tour

Fully Guided Tour

For Experienced Hikers

Visitor Permit Required

Experience this once in a lifetime hike to its fullest extent! Have a local guide to keep you safe and share insider knowledge as you explore The Wave and the beautiful surrounding area of North Coyote Buttes. This is not an easy hike but we can say, hand-on-heart, that every step and bead of sweat is so worth it! You can even top off the day with an optional visit to Wire Pass Slot Canyon.

Highlights

Receive a personalized, custom-built tour of The Wave & surrounding area.

Fully guided, so you can relax and get lost in the moment as you explore.

Be one of only a few lucky explorers and enjoy an intimate discovery experience that day.

Add-on option available for stunning Wire Pass Slot Canyon.

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Trip Details

Price:

Pricing is tiered depending on group size:
• 1 hiker: $350
• 2 hikers: $185 per person
• 3 hikers: $165 per person
• 4+ hikers: $150 per person

(Maximum of 6 Hikers per Guide)

All prices are subject to Utah Sales Tax (8.10%)

Price per hiker:
• 1 hiker: $350
• 2 hikers: $175
• 3 hikers: $150
• 4 hikers: $125
• 5 + hikers: $99
• Wire Slot Canyon optional add-on $150

All prices are subject to Utah Sales Tax (7.95%)


Meeting Point & Time:

7:30 am at our office: 681 Chinle Drive, #2, Kanab, Utah, 84741.
We’re easy to find, located across the street from the Bureau of Land Management Visitor Center.


Availability:

Year-round, Monday to Saturday.


Tour Duration:

8 hours (this includes 3 hours travel time).


What to Bring:

Your permit! You will not be granted access if you forget to bring it
• A gallon of water to maintain safe hydration levels and a transportable lunch packed with high energy snacks and a filling sandwich
• Good quality, comfortable walking shoes with ankle support
• Sunscreen, hat and sunglasses
• Your camera

• Your Permit! You will not be granted access if you forget to bring it.
• A gallon of water to maintain safe hydration levels and a transportable lunch packed with high energy snacks and a filling sandwich.
• Good quality, comfortable walking shoes with ankle support.
• Sunscreen, hat and sunglasses.
• Your camera.


Maximum Group Size:

6

Inclusions

*You’re welcome to store them in our cooler.

Important Info

• We provide 4WD transport to and from The Wave trailhead.
• You’ll receive 8 miles of guided hiking to The Wave and the surrounding areas of North Coyote Buttes.
• You’ll need to sign a hiking waiver after booking this tour. Click here to view the waiver.
You need a permit to take this tour. Click here to find out how to apply for one.
• This is a challenging and strenuous tour. It’s best suited to experienced hikers with a high level of fitness and health.
• For an additional $150 you can add-on a trip to stunning Wire Pass Slot Canyon a very worthwhile stop and a great way to top off the day!

FAQ's

How can I get a permit to visit The Wave?

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You will need to apply online or in person for the chance to gain a permit. Click here to read more on obtaining a permit.

How much does the additional trip to Wire Pass Slot Canyon cost?

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The add-on trip to Wire Pass Slot Canyon is an additional $150. Just let us know at the time of booking if you would like to add on this experience to your trip.

Is this tour suited to you?

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This is not an easy hike! It’s physically demanding and covers some pretty rugged conditions. It’s best suited to experienced hikers with good health. It is not recommended for people with any outstanding medical conditions, pregnant women or anyone with severe mobility issues. Get in touch with us to talk more about this tour or if you would like more information.

Are lunch and water included on the tour?

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No, please note you must bring along your own supply of water and a packed lunch. You must also be responsible for all your waste and leave no trace of your lunch behind.

What happens if my tour is cancelled?

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In the extremely rare case of this tour being cancelled, it would be due to unsafe weather conditions. Pending permit acquisition, we will work with you to arrange another tour date or offer a full refund. Another option would be a tour of an alternative area that doesn’t require a permit.

Experience The Wave and North Coyote Buttes


The Wave is one of the world’s most unusual and beautiful sandstone formations, located in the desert at the border between Arizona and Utah. It is protected, along with the surrounding area of North Coyote Buttes, out of respect for its breathtaking beauty and fragility.

We’ll provide transport to the trailhead and a knowledgeable guide who’ll help you navigate through the harsh desert landscape, on foot, towards The Wave. Once you get there you can wander freely and explore the smooth curves and rolling formations that swell around the entire area. Drink in the dusty reds of swirling strata and marvel at the contrast between the rusty rocks and brilliant blue skies above, and see for yourself why this is such a special and rewarding hiking experience.

We’ll make sure you get the most out of your permit by also exploring the surrounding area of North Coyote Buttes and tick off other must-see formations such as The Second Wave, Fatali’s Boneyard, Cheeseburger Rock, Dinosaur Tracks, and the Neon Buttes (as time, weather and hiking ability allow). All the while your guide will be on hand to offer expert knowledge on the area’s history, plants, geology and wildlife.

If you want to pack in as much as possible into your Wave experience, you can also add on a visit to Wire Pass Slot Canyon.

Permit Info

The Wave and surrounding area of North Coyote Buttes are protected by local laws put in place to respect the structure as well as those who visit. Just 20 permits are issued each day to hikers, selected via a nail-biting lottery system!

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Online Lottery

Online permit 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).

• You can enter the lottery online for $5 and then must pay an additional $7 per permit, per person, if you are lucky enough to be selected. The $5 lottery entrance fee is non-refundable. Dogs are $7 each. Apply online here.
• A maximum of 6 people per application is allowed.
• If you plan on using our services as guides, choose Wire Pass as the Trailhead and enter Kanab Tour Company for the license plate number. Note that we operate Monday through Saturday.
• You do not need to obtain a permit for your guide as we carry our own guiding permissions from the Bureau of Land Management.
• If you are lucky and win a permit, it will be mailed to you at the address on your application. You can then call us and schedule a tour.

Coyote Buttes North (“The Wave”) Lottery Schedule:

In-Person Lottery

This is a nail-biting event held at the Bureau of Land Management Visitor Center in Kanab. Here, crowds from 50-250 people gather every morning during the high season (5 days/week during the slower season) to put their names into the draw for 10 permits. The room is dead quiet as everyone awaits their fate. Each application is assigned a number, and old-fashioned wooden BINGO balls are placed into a roller cage representing each number. The Bureau of Land Management 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.

• During the spring, summer and fall months, the in-person lottery is held 7 days a week, the day before your preferred hike date. During the winter months, the lottery is held Monday-Friday, the day before your preferred hike date, with Friday’s drawing allotting permits for Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
• The Drawing is held at 9:00 am (MT).
• There is no lottery entrance fee when applying in person, you’ll just need to pay the $7 per permit, per person if you are lucky enough to be selected. Dogs are $7 each.
• If you plan on using our services as guides, choose Wire Pass as the Trailhead and enter Kanab Tour Company for the license plate number. Note that we operate Monday through Saturday.
• You do not need to obtain a permit for your guide as we carry our own guiding permissions from the Bureau of Land Management.
• If you’re planning ahead, we can apply in person for you with our “stand-in service.” The cost of this is $50. If your party is lucky at the lottery, you will also need to pay $7 per permit, per person.
• We can stand-in for a maximum of five people. The “stand-in service” fee may be applied to our guiding services, whether it be to the Wave or any other area. The $50 is non-refundable if you are unlucky in selection. Contact us for more info about this service.
• Permits are available year-round and can be easier to obtain in the winter.

Add-on a visit to Wire Pass Slot Canyon!

Fill your day with as much adventure and natural beauty as possible by adding on a visit to Wire Pass Slot Canyon. For an additional $150 we’ll make a very worthwhile stop on our return trip and explore its famous ravines and narrow sandstone walls. Just let us know at the time of booking if you would like to add on this experience.