The Wave, Arizona

Coyote Buttes Region

The Wave is a sandstone rock formation located near the Arizona and Utah border on the slopes of the Coyote Buttes, in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, on the Colorado Plateau.  It is challenging to find. In an effort to maintain the natural integrity of the region, there is no formal trail to The Wave. Most hikers are guided to The Wave either by GPS or a prominent landmark known as “the Black Crack,” which is widely visible within the Coyote Buttes region.

Hikers must choose their own route across the open desert, which requires traversing exposed sandstone, sand dunes, and sandy wash bottoms. It is not uncommon for hikers to get lost and never find The Wave.

Those are all good reasons for me to NEVER go there… but that guy sitting in the middle of it all in a billion degrees is my husband.


Elevation     5,225 feet (1,593 m)
Latitude     36° 59′ 45.84″ N
Longitude     112° 0′ 21.9″ W
Location     Coconino County, Arizona, USA
USGS Topo Map     Coyote Buttes
Age of rock     Jurassic


About tbnranch

amy elizabeth, writer, author, antique dealer. Lives in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert on a small hobby farm.
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16 Responses to The Wave, Arizona

  1. Bonnie says:

    Hi Amy! There are some gorgeous pictures on your blog – and so much fun information! I’ve always wondered about ranching, and now with my upcoming story stuck in my head your blog is the perfect place to visit. 😉 I’m so glad to have found you!
    What book are you working on these days? Another poetry book? I can’t wait to get my copy of Trail of Trials – I ordered my copy yesterday. Yay! 🙂

  2. Rita A. says:

    I’ve never heard of this. GORGEOUS. At least you would have had a good guide if you went along.

  3. WOW….I love this and would love to travel to see it….cool shot too:)

  4. Wow! What a cool shot! 🙂

    Hope I get to see that one day!

  5. So what are you telling me…I ain’t gonna’ lay eyes on this thing?

  6. tbnranch says:

    Looks like a gruesome hike, I’m perfectly happy with my husband going and bringing back pictures! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  7. Terri O.A. says:

    I’ve never heard of it….thanks it was interesting!

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