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The Wave
Hiking Tour

*Permit required 

Experience for yourself one of the most world-renowned geologic formations near Utah and Southwestern U.S. With its sweeping rock landscape and vibrant colors, The Wave hiking tour is truly a bucket list item. 

This 6 mile round trip guided hiking day tour will take you to visually stunning hidden gems just off the main trail and a lunch will be provided. Experience one of the best hiking tour adventures in Kanab. The Wave is located in the north Coyote Butts area of the Utah/Arizona border.

*A permit is required to hike the Wave. You must obtain a permit before contacting us.

Click here to put in for a permit. 

Duration:  8 hours

Tour type: Guided

Group Sizes: 10

Ages: All ages

Permit required: Yes

What to bring: Hiking shoes, no less than 2 liters of water, snacks

What's provided: Transportation to the trail entrance and a knowledgeable guide. 


The Wave is located in the north Coyote Butts area of the Utah/Arizona border. The Wave is a famous geological formation made of beautiful Navajo sandstone rock. The formation dates back to the Jurassic period. The wave began as a cluster of u-shaped troughs that were sand dunes. Over the course of 200 million years these dunes compacted and solidified, resulting in sandstone. The troughs were carved into Navajo sandstone by irregular floods and streams in which runoff-deposited minerals such as manganese, iron oxide, or calcium concurrently eroded rock giving them a soft, rounded appearance.

The spectacular rock formations to experience include The Alcove, Sand Cove, The Second Wave, Melody Arch and The Grotto, and Fatali’s Boneyard. In order to get to the wave a hike is required as there is no trail for access.


An important fact that should be considered is a permit from The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is required for the Wave. Only 64 people per day (48 permits granted three months in advance and 16 permits granted one day in advance) are allowed in the area and demand far exceeds supply. During the most popular months (April, May, September, October) there can be an estimated 300 people applying for the sixteen daily permits. In the other months you usually have much less than a 50% chance of getting one at the daily lottery. You will need to acquire your permit before booking your tour.

During The Wave Hiking Tour you will experience a landscape of breathtaking rock formations and vibrant colors. Your experienced guide will lead you on a hike through the desert landscape. During your hike you will experience stunning hidden gems. When you arrive at the Wave you will take in the breathtaking rusty hues that lead to beautiful blue skies. Confirmation of why The Wave is such a special destination. Your tour will include lunch.

About The Wave Tour


  • What is your refund policy?
    Full refund with within 48 hours of activity. 50% is refundable after that until the activity day. No refund given for a no-show or past 30 minutes late. $100 rescheduling fee within 24 hours.
  • Do you need canyoneering or rappelling experience to do the Via Ferrata or Canyoneering trip?
    NOPE! You don't need any canyoneering experience to do either of those adventures! The only thing you need is some grit and love for adventure!
  • The UTV's are guided, but can I still drive?"
    Yes! You just have to be over the age of 21 with a current drivers license. Just let your guide know you would like to drive and they will gladly accommodate!
  • What do you provide on an UTV tour?
    Water and coolers to keep your snacks / drinks cold! We also provide helmets and googles.
  • Do you do UTV rentals or just Guided UTV tours?
    We do not rent our UTVs. Our UTV experiences are guided which means a guide does come with you. Don't worry, they are excellent and knowledgeable about the area and also dub as your own personal photographers for the day! If you need a rental for the day checkout our Jeep Gladiators!
  • What do you provide on Hiking and Canyoneering tours?
    Transportation to the trail entrance and a yummy lunch will be provided. Water and coolers to keep your snacks / drinks cold!
  • What should we bring?
    ATV tours: Bring water, sunscreen, face gaitor / bandana for dust, and good hiking shoes. Each of our destinations requires a bit of hiking! Via Ferrata: Bring bug repellent for possible mosquitos in the canyon and if you'd like to climb with your phone to take photos, wear something with secure pockets or bring a carrying case that can stay close to your body. Horseback Rides: Bring bug repellent, sunscreen, long pants, and closed toed shoes. Hiking and Half day canyoneering: Bring good hiking shoes, a Hydration backpack for water or no less than 2 liters of water, and snacks. You do not want to bring a loose backpack that can potentially fall off your body while rappelling. And of course, remember to bring money to tip your guide if you love your experience!!
  • How do I obtain a permit for the wave hiking tour?
    A permit is required to hike the Wave. You must obtain a permit before contacting us. Click here to put in for a permit.
  • Are dogs allowed on your tours?
    Dogs are only allowed on the ATV tours
  • Is gratuity added or should I tip my guide?
    Yes please tip your guide! If you have a good time, please show them some love with a tip. They work hard and they work for tips! Most guides have venmo as well.

ROAM Outdoor Adventure Co. was founded by locals who know and love this area, who grew up exploring the red hills around Kanab and Southern Utah, and have a passion for tour adventures. Now we want to share these hidden treasures with you! 


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