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Coyote Buttes South is a 25 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Marble Canyon, Arizona that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and off road driving. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 25.0 mi Elevation gain 1,384 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Ohv / off road driving

Wildlife

Off trail

No shade

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Hikers and photographers must get permits to visit the magnificent and famous formations in Coyote Buttes. A permit to go to CBSouth is a ticket to adventure, featuring an exciting drive on remote roads of an off road wilderness. The Bureau of Land Management issues permits for twenty individuals per day. Coyote Buttes South does not have a famous highlight like the Wave but it is more of an adventure. Access is by remote high-clearance, four-wheel drive roads. There are no hiking trails or routes once you get there. The teepee is the most common formation in Coyote Butte South. The coloration of the formations is also quite unusual, featuring a strong yellow color, with typical variations of red or brown. There are no facilities. You must bring in your own water and pack out all your trash.

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howie oren
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HikingNo shadeScramble

I have been here several times and depending on your vehicle and time of year the road can be a real treat. Deep sand on mud and big ruts are common. Your rental car won't make it. This is a great Plan B if you couldn't secure a permit. Not a lot of shade so bring a good hat and something to cover your neck.

E Mac
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMon Apr 20 2020
HikingNo shadeOff trailScramble

Great hike with some really cool rock formations, many photo ops

Scott D
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSun Mar 24 2019
Hiking

Stunning rock formations and colors made it feel like walking around on another planet. Cool features were a very short hike from the parking areas both in Paw Hole and Cottonwood Cove. We discovered a website (www.thewave.info) before we left that had tips on getting here and the GPS coordinates of a lot of great rock formations such as half & half rock, the “southern wave”, the control tower, and dinosaur tracks. Turned out that the “trail” paths on All Trails led you by all of these features anyways!! We entered The Wave lottery four days in a row on our trip and never won, but there were only about 20% of the people that stayed and tried for Coyote Buttes South permits and we won the permits on the first day. Totally worth it!!!

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Shannon • @sn_dub
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarWed Mar 20 2019
Hiking

The “trail head” on this map doesn’t look right but either way, you need permits to go and they give you a map of the trailheads so you should be good with that! We drove to the cottonwood cove trailhead and it was incredible. The drive is about the same distance and same deep sand as getting to white pocket but there is much more to explore here! The colors and formations of the rocks are out of this world! I could have spent a week here. Definitely will be back!

Thal Wright
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarWed Dec 26 2018

Amazing!

R. Brian Lengyel
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Oct 27 2018
Hiking

Although this area doesn’t have a specific feature like the ‘Wave’ it just may be an overall higher scenic destination. The Butte formations are extensive and the area to explore would take days to see it all, if that is even possible. The area had a lot of weather the week we went and the water features reflecting the spires were amazing. We met a guide who was in the area with another couple and he said he hadn’t seen that amount of water in the area for a number of years. The water did make the roads in challenging to maneuver around. The other great thing about this area is that the lottery is held each day after the ‘Wave’ lottery but has a minimal amount of folks staying for it which gives those who stay a much greater chance of picking up a permit. I highly recommend hiking this area.

Carey Roberts
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon Oct 22 2018
Hiking

Had an amazing time exploring road was tough but we made it with 4X4.

Skip J.
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarThu Sep 20 2018
Hiking

Truly an amazing place to explore! A capable 4 wheel drive is needed to access this area.

Chris Goodfellow
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon Apr 23 2018

Spent a beautiful earth day wandering among these beautiful outcrops and hills. Road up to paw hole is definitely only 4x4 and you will need good tires for sand.

Dave Lerner
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMon Apr 09 2018
Hiking

Question: Did you need a permit to get to where you took those pics? Is that the "Wave", or is this just south of that? We are in Zion now. Thinking of trying to get a permit, but would also consider a 4x4 drive in to some similar terrain.

Sam Snaps
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarTue Nov 07 2017
Hiking

This was an amazing place to explore! I could not walk 10 ft without having to stop to take another photo. You deff need 4x4 to get here. Also lots of walking in deep sand in some areas. Well worth it though!

kaili chi
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarThu May 28 2020
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Agi Steckler
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Agi Steckler
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Justin K.
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Linda Oram
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Amy B.
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Hiking
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Dmitry S.
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Zac Powell
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Kathrin K.
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Nana Canterbury
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Derrick Snider
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Dan Mills
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Hiking
wieslaw wierzbicki
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miroslaw wierzbicki
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Jeny Mosher
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Atsushi Utsunomiya
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