"Taking Photos at The Wave" Top 5 Page for this destination Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument Things to Do Tip by richiecdisc

  the wonderful colorful Wave
by richiecdisc

Once at The Wave, you will be surprised at how small the area is though in no way will you be disappointed with it. It is stunning. We'd been hiking around the southwest for a month and had super high expectations and we were in no way let down.

We had a fairly serious group of photographers in our group of permit holders so we found it quite easy to get shots without anyone in them. People seemed to realize the importance of getting perfect photos and took turns getting into the best spots. Shade was hard to come by so everyone huddled together to rest, snack and replenish fluids in what small patches there were. We could only stay so long due to the heat and more importantly lack of supplies. It would have been nice to walk back with the sun lower in the sky but we enjoyed the return hike quite a bit. With The Wave finally under our belt we perhaps appreciated the natural desert setting more, and the cacti were in mad bloom.

Directions: The trail head is down an eight mile dirt track that could be washed out in bad weather. We did it in a Camry with no problem but I imagine with a torrential rain you would need a high clearance 4-wheel drive.

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  • Updated Jun 21, 2009
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