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The Wave Lottery – Guide To The Permit & The Wave Hike

Are you dreaming about hiking the Wave? Or maybe you are a lucky one, already have the Wave permit, and look for information preparing for this challenging hike? In our Ultimate Guide to The Wave – Coyote Buttes North, you will find the Wave Lottery odds tips for the walk-in lottery in Kanab and online...

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Guide To Visiting Monument Valley

Visiting Monument Valley is a must if you dream of seeing the American “Wild” West. When you get there, your imagination flies to old western movies “Stagecoach” and “Rio Grande” with John Wayne. Or to the the outstanding “Once Upon a Time in the West” by Sergio Leone with moving music by Ennio Morricone. The...

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Buckskin Gulch Day Hike

Buckskin Gulch in Utah is the longest slot canyon hiking trail in the world. And for sure, one of the most dangerous. The main reason for this is the flood danger. And the threat is real – while in the canyon, there are limited escape options. Still, you can do part of the Buckskin Gulch...

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Coyote Buttes South Hike – The Wave Alternative

Social media have immense power. They created the Wave Arizona in Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness as the most famous rock formation on the border of Arizona and Utah. Thousands of people are trying to get the Wave permit every day. They want to take an Instagrammable photo. However, the Wave is the only small northern...

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Things To Do in Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park encloses 337,598 acres of colorful canyons, mesas, buttes, fins, arches, as famous Mesa Arch, and spires in the heart of southeast Utah’s high desert. Canyonlands is more remote then neighboring Arches National Park. It invites you to explore a wilderness of amazing formations carved by the Colorado River, the Green River, and...

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