The Wave , Arizona , USA


Magical, mythical, long secret, The Wave is a natural site of exceptional beauty. Shaped by the wind like waves, this treasure of the American West is extremely fragile and with limited access.
The Wave , Arizona , USA
Access to Wire Pass (parking The Wave) is via the track House Rock Valley Road on U.S. Highway 89, 38 miles/61 km from Kanab and 35 miles/56 km from Page. The beginning of the trail is located in a hairpin turn, heading south. You must then run 8.5 miles/13 km further (about 30 minutes) to reach the parking lot.

This track is crossed by the river bed. In dry weather, the passage is easily with any type of vehicle but a 4×4 will be required after a rainfall event. Learn well from the Visitor Center on the state of the runway before take.

There is no public transport serving the site.

It is abrasion more friable portions of sandstone rock types (sandstone) which generated cross erosions which forms lamellae. Some microbes brought by the winds came to be erected on these strips and the rocks are colorized differently.

To enjoy better brightness, hiking (6 miles/9.6 km return, about 3 hours) is best done in the morning to get to The Wave between 11 h 00 and 13 h 00. Take your time on the way to go as the brightness of the morning is much more interesting. You’ll see beautiful rock formations colors from extremely varied forms.

Final recommendations

If weather conditions are unfavorable (eg, if the access road is impassable D-Day), you can request a raincheck (which is good for a valid license delayed for 1 month from that day).

It is a hike orientation. The Visitor Center distributes the happy owners of valuable permits one showing the various crossings because the ride is not marked (no panel, no cairns).

Once parking on Wire Pass, do not forget to catch the first part of your license to your backpack, put the second part of the license behind the windshield of your car, and provide for the long sunny hike a good amount of water, about 4 liters per person, because several hours of hiking await you!

Exit the car park towards the east along the wash of Buckskin Gulch on approximately 800 meters (10 minutes). You will see a path that climbs to the right. Here begins the protected area of Coyote Buttes North which is located in The Wave. Do not forget to register on the damper installed at the trailhead.


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