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Photographing Canyon Splendors
You’ve probably seen the photos of these exquisitely sculpted sandstone buttes; like colorful waves set in stone. You may have assumed—as I once did—that this area was part of some out-of-the-way corner of a national park.
Although permits are sold up to seven months in advance, you’ll find
that the BLM reservation calendar for Coyote Buttes North fills up fast, even
in this remote wilderness that most people seemingly haven’t even heard
of. Don’t be surprised if the online calendar appears completely full
for months in advance. Another alternative is to try to buy a permit the morning
before your hike, from the BLM Paria Ranger Station between Kanab, Utah, and
Page, Arizona, on US Highway 89 (during the winter months, these permits are
sold through the BLM Field Office in Kanab).
So I made reservations and paid for them, all online. The BLM promptly sent
our permits and a topographical map, and my husband and I were all set for our
photo trek to The Wave!
Invest in a sturdy pair of hiking shoes, as you’ll encounter a variety
of terrain on your way to The Wave, ranging from walking on a dirt trail to
trudging through sand and climbing slickrock. Depending on the time of year
you go, you’ll need comfortable warm- or cool-weather clothing, and at
least a gallon of water per person.
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