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Coyote Buttes, Big Water

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Coyote Buttes is a section of the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), spanning extreme south-central Utah and north-central Arizona, south of US 89 halfway between Kanab, Utah and Page, Arizona.

It is divided into two areas: Coyote Buttes North and Coyote Buttes South.

Visiting either of the Coyote Buttes areas requires purchasing a hiking permit.


The Coyote Buttes area is an exposure of cross-bedded aeolian Jurassic Navajo Sandstone. The variable coloration of the sandstones is a result of various iron oxide pigments within the layers. A dinosaur trackway or trample surface is found in the area and provides evidence of a variety of dinosaurs. The area includes dramatic swirling erosional rock formations such as The Wave.


The Wave and Buckskin Gulch share the Wire Pass Trailhead on House Rock Valley Road.
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  • One of the most beautiful and unique places I've adventured. Pretty wild since there are almost no trail signs for visitors at all! It's easy to get lost and a little dangerous in such a wild zone...  more »
  • It's a great thing to see! Truly, an amazing natural wonder. I wouldn't go on my own (we hired a guide) as it is really hard to get to. It's a full day, for sure. Our guide found other fun stuff.....  more »
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  • The Wave is amazing but there is so much more here than just that. Such a unique landscape and the dinosaur tracks are a plus.
  • Amazing is just a small word for this natural beauty!

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