How To Get A Permit To Hike The Wave

How To Get A Permit To Hike The Wave

Obtaining a permit to hike The Wave, a stunning sandstone formation in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument on the Arizona-Utah border, involves a lottery system. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to get a permit:

  1. Lottery System:

    • The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages The Wave permits through a lottery system. There are two lotteries: an online lottery and a walk-in lottery.
  2. Online Lottery:

    • The majority of permits for The Wave are available through the online lottery. To apply online:
      • Visit the official website of the BLM Arizona Strip: BLM Arizona Strip Permits.
      • Check the lottery schedule, as the application period opens several months in advance.
      • Create an account on the website and submit your permit application during the open lottery period.
      • Pay the non-refundable application fee.
  3. Walk-In Lottery:

    • A limited number of permits are available through the walk-in lottery. This is for those who may not have secured a permit through the online lottery. Here's how to participate:
      • Visit the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Visitor Center in Kanab, Utah, or the Paria Contact Station in Kanab, Utah.
      • Check the lottery schedule for walk-in lottery dates.
      • Fill out a lottery application on-site and pay the non-refundable application fee.
      • The lottery drawing is typically held the day after the application period.
  4. Lottery Fees:

    • As of my knowledge cutoff in January 2022, the non-refundable lottery application fee is per group. Check the BLM website for the most current fee information.
  5. Permit Notification:

    • Lottery winners are notified by email or phone. Make sure to provide accurate contact information during the application process.
  6. Payment and Confirmation:

    • If selected, you'll need to pay the permit fee within a specified timeframe to secure your permit. Follow the instructions provided in the notification.
  7. Permit Conditions:

    • Read and understand the permit conditions, rules, and regulations. The permit is valid only for the specified date and is non-transferable.
  8. Visitor Center Information:

    • If you win a permit, you may need to pick it up at the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Visitor Center or the Paria Contact Station, depending on the lottery you entered.
  9. Plan Accordingly:

    • Plan your visit well in advance. The Wave is a popular destination, and obtaining a permit can be challenging. Be prepared for varying weather conditions and carry enough water and supplies.

Remember that the permit system is subject to change, so it's crucial to check the official BLM website for the most up-to-date information on lottery schedules, fees, and procedures. Additionally, respect the fragile desert environment and adhere to Leave No Trace principles during your visit.

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