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Southwestern Utah Sights

Paria Canyon–Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness

  • Geological Site
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 12/31/1969

Fodor's Review

Hike the world-famous rock expanse known as "the Wave" in the remote and rugged Paria Canyon–Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, beyond the southern boundary of the Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument and along the Arizona border. Permits to hike the Wave—envision ocean waves frozen in striated red, orange, and yellow sandstone—and some of the other trails here are available online, and usually are reserved many months in advance. However, if you arrive before

9 am, you may be one of the 10 lucky walk-ins who can score a permit to hike the following day. It's not first-come, first-served; if more than 10 people show up, names are placed in a hat and drawn at random. By limiting the number of people who access the backcountry, the Bureau of Land Management hopes to preserve this area for years to come. From November 16 to March 14, apply for walk-in permits at 318 N. 100 East Street in Kanab; the rest of the year, visit the Paria Information Station at the turnoff for the monument.

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Sight Information


43 mi east of Kanab on U.S. 89, mile marker 21, Paria, Utah, United States




Sight Details:

  • $5 fee, reservations and permits required for some hikes
  • Information station open mid-Mar.–mid-Nov. daily 8–5

Updated 12/31/1969


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