The Wave

On March 15, 2022, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) implemented a new mobile-based geofence system for obtaining daily lottery permits to hike at the geologic feature known as “The Wave,” within Coyote Buttes North, Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness. For more information, click here.

If you didn’t win, you haven’t lost!!

Here are some great alternatives to The Wave

White Wave

Explore the amazing rock formations at the White Wave. Located 8.8 miles North on HWY 89 from Kanab, this trail starts at the parking kiosk for Peekaboo slot canyon. This is a high clearance 4WD road, perfect for OHV’s, but if you don’t have either, you can always hire a local tour company. There are even some petroglyphs in the area you could look for and explore. Make a day of it and explore Peekaboo while you’re there!

Use our White Wave Adventure Map for directions and more.


Just 9 miles north of Kanab, is the trailhead for a beautiful slot canyon known as Peekaboo to the locals, sometimes labeled as Red Canyon on maps. The road to the canyon is a deep sandy trail that requires ATV or 4WD with deep tire tread! There are several guides and outfitters in Kanab that can take you to Peekaboo if you are ill equipped. A fun thing to look for as you hike are the Moqui steps carved by early Anasazi who lived in the area.

Use our Peekaboo Adventure Map for directions and more.

Buckskin Gulch

One of the longest slot canyons in the world, Buckskin Gulch is 16 miles of amazing rock formations and smooth sandstone walls. The first few miles follow an open wash. At mile 1 you can observe petroglyphs and at mile 1.5 sandstone walls will appear on both sides of the wash as it enters the narrows. At the beginning, the hike is fairly tame. As you travel deeper into the canyon,  you will encounter giant boulder jams and deep pools left behind months after a flood. This hike is beautiful, just make sure you are well prepared.

Stop by the office and grab the Buckskin Gulch Adventure Map for directions and more.

White Pocket

With the swirling, twisted, multi colored natural artwork of White Pocket, with less crowds and no permits, you’ll feel like you’ve won. Many locals prefer this larger area to the very famous Wave in North Coyote Buttes. Roughly 38 miles east of Kanab, you will take the House Rock Valley road which is generally a well maintained, hard pack road. At mile 20, you will turn left where high clearance 4 Wheel Drive is now required. Guides are recommended due to the deep sand.  Get an early start, the sand is very deep, but it is totally worth the trip!

Use our White Pocket Adventure Map for directions and more.

Wahweap Hoodoos

Also known as goblins, ghosts and toadstools, hoodoos and balancing rocks are a natural wonder to see. The cap of the Hoodoo, a Dakota Sandstone, is 100 million years old, and the post, Entrada Sandstone, is 160 million years old. The Piutes believed that hoodoos were the remnants of people turned to stone. If you gaze up into these alcoves in the early morning, you will see why. Coming in all shapes and sizes, these hoodoos can be reached by taking a leisurely walk through Wahweap Creek.

Use our Wahweap Hoodoo Adventure Map for directions and more.

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