When my husband and I went to Page AZ, we planned on taking our chance at a walk-in lottery to hike The Wave in Coyote Buttes North. Knowing how hard it was to win a permit for this place, I knew it was best to NOT get my hopes up. You see, every single day they only allow 20 people to hike The Wave. 10 of those would be drawn from a batch of people who applied for the lottery online, and the other 10 would be picked from a batch of people who apply for it at the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Visitor Center, one day before your desired hiking day. On average (depending on the month of visit), there are about 50-90 people who apply for this permit, per day!
We went in the month of December. The second week, to be exact. Even though the holidays were right around the corner, we got lucky with the small amount of people who showed up in the visitor center –just 35 people (In May they reach about 90 people at this location). And because it was an off season for the parks, the visitor center was usually closed during the weekends, which meant our lottery drawing that Friday would be for the next 3 days! In short, they will be getting 30 people, for Saturday Sunday and Monday. So our chances of getting the permit were definitely higher!
When they started drawing the numbers for the lottery, I had my fingers crossed. Eventually, our number was called third, and we won the permit to go the following day, Saturday. It was such an amazing feeling! I only knew about this amazing place a couple of weeks before our trip to Arizona, and there we were, only a day away from getting to see it’s beauty, up close.
Prior to our hike, we did a lot of research, because apparently a lot of people get lost in the trail. Most of it was composed of sandstone, so it was impossible to see and follow footprints of other hikers. The map that they provided, together with the permit, was really useful & helpful.
Upon reaching the entrance to The Wave, we noticed that we were the first ones there, so we had the whole place to ourselves. It was magnificent, awe-inspiring, and unbelievable! It was so hard to believe that this was simply created by nature itself.
I am truly so grateful for this experience. It certainly is a once-of-a-lifetime kind of thing. Definitely in my top 3 best hikes of 2015 list!
Arizona Trip, Part 1 HERE.
Arizona Trip, Part 3 HERE.