Coyote Buttes North (The Wave)

Paria Canyon / Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness

Coyote Buttes North (The Wave) and Coyote Buttes South are a small part of the 112,500-acre Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness and have some of the most visually striking geologic sandstone formations in the world.

Coyote Buttes permit areas are within a backcountry, undeveloped wilderness area and do not contain any developed trails or facilities. To preserve wilderness character and limit damage to the fragile area, the Bureau of Land Management limits visitation to Coyote Buttes through a permit system. You must have a permit to visit Coyote Buttes North and Coyote Buttes South. Note: ALL Permits are NON-REFUNDABLE and NON-TRANSFERABLE.

Visiting Coyote Buttes North (The Wave)

The suggested route to The Wave is a strenuous 6.4-mile round-trip hike in a wilderness area which requires visitors to cross challenging terrain and use way finding skills. You are responsible for your own safety and should consider the physical abilities and fitness level of all group members when trip planning.

Daily Lottery

In the area and hoping to obtain a permit in the next few days? The legacy walk-in lottery has transitioned to the new Daily Lottery. While within the geofence area on a mobile device this lottery is only available by going to in your browser or by installing the app.

Enter Daily Lottery 

Advanced Lottery

Planning four months in advance?

Enter Advanced Lottery

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Vermilion Cliffs National Monument

Coyote buttes North Daily Lottery (the Wave)

In the area and hoping to obtain a permit in the next few days? Check out the following:

1. Press Release
2. Install app
3. Tips to navigate new system
4. Geofence Map
5. FAQs 
6. Apply here
7. Road Conditions and Safety
8. Permits and Regulations

Coyote Buttes North Advanced Lottery
(The Wave)

Planning 4 months in advance? Check out the following:

1. FAQs
2. Apply here 
3. Road Conditions and Safety
4. Permits and Regulations

Coyote Buttes South

Book now for Coyote Buttes South Advanced Lottery

Contact Us

  • For questions about the Coyote Buttes North Daily Lottery (The Wave):
  • For questions about the Coyote Buttes North Advanced Lottery (The Wave) or Coyote Buttes South:

Arizona Strip District
Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
345 E. Riverside Dr., St. George, UT 84790-6714
Hours: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 
Closed weekends and federal holidays