Explore The Wave: Arizona-Utah Border's Geological Marvel

Discover the unparalleled beauty of The Wave, where intricate sandstone formations and vibrant color palettes create a hiker's paradise, with our comprehensive guide to permits and preparation.

Last updated: Apr 2024

    $9 application fee, $7 per person/dog if selected​​​​


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  1. Apply for the permit through the lottery system, either 4 months in advance or via the daily lottery 2 days before the desired date​​.
  2. If selected, pay the permit fee and prepare for the hike by reviewing the provided route description and attending the safety orientation.
  3. On the day of the hike, start early to avoid the hottest part of the day, follow the route using the provided guide, and ensure to pack out all trash.



The Wave Trail, Kanab, AZ 84741

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Packing List

  • Sturdy hiking shoes
  • Ample water supply (at least 1 gallon per person recommended)
  • Sun protection (hat, sunscreen, sunglasses)
  • High-energy snacks and lunch
  • First-aid kit
  • Camera or smartphone for photography

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