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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



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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