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Arizona's the Wave: a riot of colour in the desert

In Arizona you'll find vibrant striped sandstone

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Coyote Buttes in Arizona includes an unusual rock formation known as the Wave.


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From the trailhead, it’s about a 90-minute walk.


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The sandstone rock, shaped by the wind, is as smooth as marble.


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Access is limited, with only 20 passes being handed out each day.


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The Wave is open year-round; fall and winter give you the best changes of winning the pass lottery.


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There is no formal trail, and hiring a guide is recommended for first-time visitors.


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This is one time you definitely don’t want to forget your camera.

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