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We hiked the Citadel today. It is a easy hike until you need to get down the sand stone slick rock. You need to look for the few cairns that point to the land bridge. And manage down the slick rock the best way you can. Then go across the land bridge to the fortress. It’s amazing, a little challenging but worth it!

Not a very good hike. unmarked trails lead you over and around as you try to find your way. if you are looking for indian ruins there are better ones, without all the hastle, near the Kane Gulch Ranger Station.

Loved this trail!

Was a quick stop on a long road trip and was well worth it.

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1 month ago

Holy crap this hike was awesome! The lottery system keeps crowds down to 20 people per day, which you really appreciate when you arrive.

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1 month ago

Went on a Sunday and saw maybe 2 other groups on the trail . It’s an incredibly easy hike - the end is sandy but still easy. If you get there before 8am no entrance fee! Amazing views!

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1 month ago

Absolutely fabulous. Now that I have been there, the route is easy. Caution if terrain navigating. 2nd largest slot canyon on NA very close.

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1 month ago

This is the most unique place on the planet. You don’t even believe it’s Earth. It’s like staring into a prehistoric era. Unbelievable!!!

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1 month ago

I don’t know why this is rated moderate. I’ve done trails rated easy that we’re much harder. It’s a great little hike all the way around one of Monument Valley’s iconic buttes. Most people should be able to do this hike. It’s uphill at the very end with loose sand, but not that hard. Just don’t go in the middle of the day in the middle of summer.

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1 month ago

People who are worried about getting to trailhead with a non 4x4 vehicle, don’t! I got there with my Toyota Sienna minivan and was fine if I drove slowly.

I lucked out and got a walk in permit the first time trying ON MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!!! Got last # that was called out!

I started early (I stayed at the Stateline campground the night before so would have a quick drive) since I can’t handle high heat very well. It was nice and cool. Trail isn’t very well marked so follow the pictures in your booklet that the ranger gives you when you get your permit! I found a couple who got lost not doing that.

Most of hike is just exposed rock and sand. Saw some random wildflowers when I went through. The Wave portion itself (and if you go just a tad further will see similar formations some call the 2nd wave) is incredible.

I got out before noon since, by then, the heat was getting to me. Worth the hike!

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2 months ago

This was an amazing experience...We went on a cold, rainy, somewhat snowy day in March. We are so thankful that we hired a guide out of Kanab who had a vehicle that could get in and out. Rain on clay is almost worse than ice in Minnesota. The weather did not dampen the experience and the weather cleared just as we arrived at the Wave. We are glad that we dressed in weather appropriate layers. We received our lottery ticket in the online drawing 3 months ahead....and there were almost 300 in line the day before. So it really is the luck of the draw.

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2 months ago

Do not go without a permit. BLM and the sheriff check several times a day. The fine is huge not to mention federal court and the bad karma from doing the wrong thing to Mother Nature.

Protecting the wave and surrounding area is critical. It is fragile beauty.

It took us 8 months but we finally won a permit. The effort was worth it. No one can really describe the mind boggling beauty of this hike.

It is as though you are on another planet. Enter the lottery every month until you are awarded a permit. It is truly the golden ticket.

Sandy in areas which is exhausting. Take the detailed map you get with your permit. We used it way more than I thought we would. You are on your own out there.

The ranger will stop you and examine your permit. Writing down the details. They keep careful track of who is out there.

2 months ago

Nice way to stretch the legs especially if travelling between the Southern Utah parks and the Northern Utah parks. Sandy finish after around 6km a good appetite builder for lunch ! Combine with the drive and you’ll have a nice varied experience.

Amazing!

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4 months ago

Did this trail 2 years ago. A wonder! It’s the untouched backyard that mysteriously brings you back to the dinosaur era. 20 people per day are permitted, which means you won’t see any other human most of the time. Complete wilderness without any man made sign, so you have to notice the landscape then roam freely!

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4 months ago

A wonderland!

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4 months ago

The trail is easy to follow along the rim trail even if the All Trails says different. It is difficult to find the path that takes you down the Mesa Rim, so you would need to make your own way down. The trail starts to disappear once to start hiking to the other end of the Mesa. Once you go behind it, it becomes obvious where you are going. Voila! You see the Cobra Arch! Don’t go in Monsoon season ✌

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4 months ago

Simply stunning.
Permits are difficult to obtain though and you will lucky to get one.
The pre hike talk by the ranger can be a bit daunting too for the inexperienced hiker. You are warned about getting lost and the possibility of an overnight stay until you are found, wildlife, etc.
My better half almost never went but in the end relented.
Think it was the best decision she ever made. Take plenty water and go early to make a day of it.
Also, anything less than a SUV down the 8 mile dirt, potholed road from the interstate to the trailhead is likely to leave you with under carriage damage.

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4 months ago

A five for high quality pictographs. Nice canyon views. short hike, easily accessible.

Pretty accurate until you get over the sandy hill at the end to get to the wave. Once in lifetime experience!

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5 months ago

IMPORTANT: Please read and truly understand every word and the map that is provided with your permit.

Entered Houserock Valley Rd north off 89 via Page. Houserock is washboard rough rd for 7 miles south to parking. SVU is best esp is there has been rain.

Amazing hike but very poorly marked. Use the veridical slot in the mountain as your destination when you turn south. Very easy to miss the fist turn off for the wave trail head off wire pass.

1.5 mile point. As soon as you cross the sandy wash there is a marker post on a dune to head east. Follow that path up the side of the mountain “the saddle” as they call it. Very easy to miss.

From there you will head south bearing to the right along the mountain sides. The wave is in the distance at the base of the coin slot crevasse white mountain.

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5 months ago

Fun little trail. Awesome to get close up with the buttes. We were there in December, there was no park fee and we were the only ones in the trail. Amazing to experience it on your own.

Great views. Easy hike.

on Wildcat Trail

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5 months ago

the trail markers get a little muddled at times, but you get the gist of where you need to go. we left at 5:30 pm and had the trail to ourselves the whole time. if you have come all the way out here, you need to do this. the last 1/2 mile is very sandy and very uphill.

A must do if you’re in the area

Getting up close to some of the monuments makes it worth it over just doing the scenic drive. Do both if you can.

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5 months ago

A wonderful hike and beautiful geologic feature. While The Wave was the main event for the hike and certainly worth the effort, the out and back hike and wandering around the area is fascinating. The views are endless.

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5 months ago

Spectacular. Be patient once you drop down to the first rim, work your way to second rim then continue around point. Cairns disappear.
The land bridge is fun.

Beautiful and unusual detailed rock art! Short hike but not well mapped. Keep to the left when dropping over from the trailhead level and stay on the rock ledge. Do not be tempted to drop down to the silt terrace level. Keep left and the panel will be about 50 yards further.

6 months ago

The Wave is a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Our permits were for late March. The weather was perfect, it drizzled at times which kept the temperature perfect. We didn't use a compass or GPS... probably would've found it faster if we had. It was a rough hike for the non-hiker in the group.

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