Arizona’s iconic “The Wave” is one of the most picturesque landscapes in the United States. Previously only 20 Hikers were allowed to visit the beautiful formation. Hikers used to apply a year in advance to visit The Wave. The Waves were formed due to water erosion. The water run carved the stones deeper and deeper from the Jurassic age.

The Wave, Arizona
The Wave

The two major troughs are 62 feet wide and 118 feet long and 7 feet wide and 52 feet long.

Hikers and travel photographers will be more than happy to know that the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) is considering increasing the number of daily visitors from 20 to 96. They had initially kept the number of visitors less in order to protect the Wave. This has not been declared yet but the BLM is asking for people’s feedback on the change. If the change is approved, it will come in effect from October or early. Ther are still in the dilemma.

“Increasing the number of visitors could mean more people in your photographs, more people walking off the trail onto sensitive soil, more wildlife disruption. The agency needs to make sure any user increase is compatible with environmental protection.”

-Taylor McKinnon,
Senior Campaigner, Center for Biological Diversity in northern Arizona.

The Wave is only accessible on foot and is six miles long round trip. If you want to be one of the lucky hikers you will have to request the permit four months prior. Per day price for the trip is $7 per person. People who have not registered yet and are thinking of visiting in the next three months can either go to the permit page and see if there are any slots available or else can try their luck by applying for a walk-in permit. Others can show up at the grand staircase from 8:30 a.m to submit the application for walk-in permits.

Note: Credit cards are not accepted there so make sure you carry enough cash with you.


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