The Wave in Vermilion Cliffs National Monument

Wave Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness

The Wave is a sandstone rock formation located in North Coyote Buttes of the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument on the Arizona and Utah borders.

The swirling stone waves combine water and wind-eroded sandstone dunes, calcified vertically and horizontally, and fossilized over 190 million years. The rich red-vermilion rocks get their colors from iron oxide pigments.

Only 20 people can visit The Wave in Vermilion Cliffs daily — hence, the lottery and waitlist! The exclusive destination is reachable exclusively by foot through a challenging 6.5-mile round-trip terrain. The distinct rock formation rests 3,000 feet above the benchland below. 

The scene offers some of the best photography of public lands in the United States.

The Wave in Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Arizona
The Wave in Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Arizona