The Wave is a sandstone rock formation located in Marble Canyon, Arizona, United States. The formation is well-known among hikers and photographers for its colorful, undulating forms and the difficult hike required to reach it . The Wave consists of rock formations of the Navajo Sandstone dunes and was formed over 190 million years ago, due to wind and rain erosion .
The Wave is located within the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, which is administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), a part of the United States Department of the Interior .
A day-use permit from the BLM is required to visit The Wave and access to the North Coyote Buttes Wilderness Area is limited to 64 permits per day . However, visitors can join the permit lottery through a mobile app to get a chance to see The Wave .
The hike to The Wave is a physically demanding 6.4-mile round-trip hike and there is no developed trail. Wilderness navigation skills are a must for permit holders . Plan to stay the night in Page to recharge for another day of sightseeing in northern Arizona’s canyon country.
For those who get a permit, visiting The Wave is an unforgettable experience . Self-guided permits and guided trips are available, including information on how to get a permit, maps, and other relevant information .