Calling all inland surfers! As part of Zion National Park, the spectacular sandstone rock formation known as 'The Wave' is located near the Utah-Arizona border in Paria Canyon/Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness area on the slopes of Coyote Buttes.
Dating back to the Jurassic age (190 million years ago!), The Wave almost looks like a piece of modern art as it displays its sleek curves and deep rich hues of reds and browns. Even though it looks structured and chiseled, The Wave is still a very delicate geological formation - in recognition of such, admission to this icon is limited by the Zion National Park Wilderness Reservation System. Be sure to plan your visit in advance as the park utilizes a lottery system to allow visitor access by which only 10 hiking permits per day are issued.
A visit to The Wave begins with arriving at the park's Wire Pass Trailhead - from there, it's about a 3 mile hike across the unforgiving desert to The Wave itself. It's important to come well equipped with a GPS locator, sunscreen, snacks and plenty of water as the trail climbs up 350' while temperatures can rise well above 100°F.
For more information, visit Zion National Park.
Flickr.com Photo Credits:
The Incredible Wave at Coyote Butte North, Arizona by Alaskan Dude
The Second Wave - Just as Impressive as the First! by Alaskan Dude