The formation is situated on the slopes of the Coyote Buttes in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness of the Colorado Plateau.
It’s not all that far from the Pink Coral Sands State Park in Utah, which is also worth a visit. You can take your quad there and run the dunes – bright pink sand.
The White Wolf Mine and the Mogollon Rim mark the very southern extension of the Colorado plateau. The Wave is farther north on the plateau, north of Grand Canyon. I’ve spent a lot of time in the general area exploring. “Technically”, you can’t drive in to The Wave. There is a walking trail and you need to hike it. That’s the official word from the Federal folks.
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|LL, keeping the guys headed in the right direction on the back way to
The Wave. Somebody has to be in charge, otherwise we’d devolve from
a mob into a herd.
There is a back way in (lawfully), where you can get closer and make it a much shorter walk if you know the shortcuts. The shortcut brings you up from the south through Black Valley, and much of it has no recognizable ‘road’. 4×4 and high clearance rigs only, bring spare parts for when you break your ride. This country must have been hard on horses, because there is a lot of rock, and you’d wear out horse shoes on the surface (hot in the summer). If you’re running solo, bring a sat phone.
WOW. Love it. Perfect for art philosophers and good JuJu!
I will visit it at some point in my life but in the meantime please may I steal these pics for photoshop overlay?
A truly awe-inspiring place. A visit there is on my bucket list.
There are places like that – and many other cool places, that may be worth a visit.
It's not THAT far from Bryce Canyon National Monument, Zion's National Monument, Capitol Reef, Arches and the other national monuments in the area, it's just a lot less visited, and not that well known.
Spent a bit of time in the Four Corners country some years back and did a bit of exploring. One thing that I noticed was just how quiet it was there, and the complete lack of people when you got away from the roads. You did occasionally find signs of them. At one point, I happened across an abandoned half-track. How it got there and why it was left, I can only speculate on.
I've been near there, but until now I didn't know it existed.
Beautiful photos. I grabbed a few and added them to the wallpaper collection for my PC. Thanks.
I see you blouse your pants when off road. So do I.
Simply stunning pictures. Thanks for sharing them!
Bucket List item, definitely. Wonder if my "Trail Rated" Grand Cherokee could get in and out of there…..?
When Patton's Fourth Army was exercising in the desert prior to Operation Torch, they left a lot of stuff behind.
The pioneers used to say that the quiet could kill…drove some of them mad.
Not many people do, which is why I posted this up for those of you who like to explore.
You don't want a scorpion to crawl up inside your trousers and sting your junk.
I think that you'd like it.
Its located right smack dab in the middle of nowhere.
You might want to revisit skid plates, buy a hi-lift jack and sliders (metal bars that bolt to the outside of your Jeep to prevent rocks from smashing in the doors, etc. Buy a WabFab jack attachment (not expensive) that can hook onto the sliders in the event of a flat. Make sure you're running 8+ ply tires.
Uhhhh…yeah, about all that stuff….
Can I just meet at the rally point and navigate for somebody??
That's always possible too.
If you're going to drive standard unimproved roads, the Jeep "trail rated" vehicles are fine. The same is true for Toyota and anybody else who makes "trail vehicles". Running around the Southwest beyond those dirt roads (not necessarily 'rock crawling') begs the need for more gear to make sure that you're able to come home.
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