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Arizona Trails

Odds of Getting a Wave Permit Plummet as Demand Spikes

More than 160,000 people applied for the 7,300 spots to hike the iconic sandstone canyon last year.

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The Bureau of Land Management limits visitors to the striking sandstone formation called The Wave near the Utah-Arizona border to just 20 per day. But as demand for the lottery-driven permits keeps growing, the odds of actually landing one are dropping. The chances of winning the online lottery during the busiest months is 2 percent; in-person odds are a bit better, but require traveling to Kanab, Utah.