The Wave Trail

Kanab, Utah 84741

The Wave Trail

The Wave Trail Professional Review and Guide

"For all of the publicity it has received, one might reasonably expect the Wave to be an enormous geological sculpture that stands alone, like Ayers Rock, in the middle of the desert. Actually it is a relatively small hollowedout cove on the side of a sandstone hill, not much more than a half acre in size.

Nevertheless, the Wave is extremely photogenic, and it is well worth the short hike required to see it. Its aesthetic appeal lies in the fact that the layers of sandstone in the Coyote Buttes area present a huge variation in hardness and color, and at the Wave the stratified stone has been weathered by the wind and rain into an amazing display of curving, multicolored bands and ridges that no artist could ever hope to duplicate."

The Wave Trail Reviews

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This is a trail like no other. The beginning of the trail is non-descript but once you hit the slick rock the formations get mind boggling. This all culminates in the Wave. Wow! The Wave itself is other worldly. Kind of like sandstone on LSD. The photos of the Wave do not exaggerate its beauty. The photos can't do it justice. This is a must see. Unfortunately, only 20 lucky people per day are allowed to make this hike. However, the day I did this hike I saw what I believe to be "illegal" hikers without a permit. They were starting late in the day when it's less likely that the BLM will be checking for permits.

The Wave Trail Photos

Trail Information

Nearby City
500 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
3 hours
4,860 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,190 feet
Top Elevation
Utah Trails; BLM, Paria Canyon-Vermillion Cliffs, Kanab Field Office
Local Contacts
Pine Hollow Canyon (USGS), Coyote Buttes (Arizona) (USGS)
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018