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You need to get permit to visit this area, only limited number of permit each day. Unlike Coyote Butte South, you don’t need high clearance 4 wheel drive vehicle to get here, therefore it is much more popular and harder to get a permit, especially in the high season. See BLM web page for how to obtain a permit.

The Wave area is rather small and that what most people come to see and therefore it is busy here even though only limited number of permit people can visit, imagine if it open to all. It would be a zoo and the fragile landmark will be destroyed within days.

This was taken later in the day, which was not ideal because the sun was too low and it is all in the shadow, but I like the deep earth tone though there was lack of depth. The best time is actually between 11:00 to 2:00 when the sun is shining directly on it. The good thing about being here this late, about 5:00 pm, we were the only two left in this whole place there was nothing but the sound of wind. We headed back before it got too dark and we had to walk the last part in the dark with flash light.

There was an incident on July 2011, a Hiker fell to death in Buckskin Gulch. He had a permit to hike The Wave, accordingly he hiked back in the dark and got lost and fell down a 100 foot cliff. So my advice, We all have to be prepared and take responsibility for our own safety when doing thing like hiking in the dark, have flash light, map, ideally a hiking gps, extra water and food, in case of getting lost.

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