The Wave

  • USA SW: Vermilion Cliffs, The Wave, Paria Canyon , Walkopedia
  • USA SW: Vermilion Cliffs, The Wave, The Wave, Paria Canyon, Walkopedia

Key information: The Wave

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating83
  • Beauty34
  • Natural interest17
  • Human interest0
  • Charisma32
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating83

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 10km
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate

This walk description page is at an early stage of development, and will be expanded over time. Your comments on this walk, your experiences and tips, and your photos are very welcome.

The Wave: The Wave, Paria Canyon - © Wiki user Gb11111


The Wave is truly spectacular (mind-curving) area of wind-sculpted wavy, undulating sandstone on the edge of the Coyote Buttes in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. It is a 10km (6 mile) round walk, so, with a decent amount of marvelling time, a very satisfactory short half day’s walk. The trail can be somewhat confusing, so route-find with care (community -  is this still the case?).

Visitor numbers are strictly limited (20 a day as at 2019), you will need to apply for permits, either well in advance online, or previous day in person. See

The Wave shares a trailhead with the amazing Wire Pass entrance to Buckskin Gulch. You can walk both in a day – or better, spend a day or more in Buckskin/Paria.

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