South Coyote Buttes in the Paria Canyon Wilderness is a vast expanse of colorful slickrock sandstone with lots of sand in between. The stone has been eroded by wind and water over Eons into a myriad of forms. The minerals seeping and collecting along concentration gradients give the rock it’s sharply defined colored layers often packed within millimeters of each other. Wander and scramble in search of the best angles amongst the vibrant striations, weird hoodoos and buttes, balancing rocks, Moqui marbles, beehives, swirls, teepees, delicate and elaborate fins, mini arches, and more. South Coyote Buttes is broken into two main sections Cottonwood Cove and White Pocket accessed through deep sand roads in the Remote Paria Plateau which rests above the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument.
My intention was to hike the North Coyote Buttes 'The Wave'. Until a few decades ago only a handful of people knew about the Wave in North Coyote Buttes of the Paria Canyon Wilderness on the border of Utah and Arizona. Today there is a lottery to determine who gets in. The lottery is a walk-in at the Grand Staircase Escalante Visitors Center in Kanab, each morning the day before the actual hike. ONLY 10 hikers are allowed from walk-ins and 10 from online(4 months in advance),so only 20 hikers per day. I entered everyday, but did not win The Wave hike. BUT, I did win the South Coyote Buttes lottery for Monday the 13th. I am excited, pictures should be, I HOPE, unbelievable.
I used Dreamland Safari Tours out of Kanab, because both hikes require a 4X4 high clearance vehicle. Renting a Jeep really was not an option I wanted to pursue. The hikes are back country and accessible from dirt/sand roads, that can get tricky, especially the sometimes deep sand. Marjorie (Dreamland Safari Tours) was our driver, trail guide, chef, and photo-op guide. She was a dream!
These pictures are of South Coyote Buttes - Cottonwood Cove