The Wave is an unbelievably incredible place. I won this little gem's permit in a lottery on May 1st, and it was practically the happiest day of my life. Three months later when the time came to go in August, most of the people I had promised spots to could no longer make it (including Dani- lame). I called up an old friend who I knew was always down for an adventure and decided to make it a sight filled road trip! Monument Valley, Utah and 1100 miles later, it was time for the The Wave.
We turned on the tiniest dirt road off the highway and started our journey. A 9 mile not so bad dirt road takes you to the campground. We got there just after sunset and set up camp. There were two or three other groups people who had already set up, but barely anyone else around, which was awesome because nature is even more special when there's less people. For some reason we decided NOT to put the rain cover on. The tent I was using had an all-mesh top. Amazing to watch the stars with. Around 2 or 3am we got a lovely surprise from Mother Nature. Pouring rain. Now I don't know if you've ever been waken up by rain, but man oh man, it's quite an experience. After dreadingly getting the cover on, we could barely sleep the rest of the night. Too excited for the morning to come.
We woke just as the sun did. Eager to get hiking. The lot for the trail head is about a mile before the campground. We weren't really sure what to expect from the trail, only the destination point. The trail starts out in wash and there aren't many markers around. After a mile or so, it goes up a hill onto this spiky bush and grass covered area. After dipping back down, you hit the sand stone. Amazing scenery, but a tad confusing. Luckily when you win the lottery, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) sends you a map with photos and arrows. A few cairns and vague descriptions got us to where we needed to be. The last little bit of the trail is uphill. In sand. Most definitely cursed a couple times while trying to make it up the steep incline.
A few more twists and turns and bam. You turn a corner and you're there. Nature has always made me feel some kind of way when I get to amazing places. This was an indescribable feeling. I felt at peace and my heart full. It was smaller than I thought, and not quite what I expected. It was better. We walked around looking at all the designs in the rocks and the colors. Admiring how truly beautiful everything was. After a few fun photos, we just laid down on The Wave. Staring at lines in the rock formations and in awe how this hidden gem was created.
About two hours since we had arrived at The Wave, two other people showed up. We left them to have such a special place to themselves. Not wanting to take away the solitude in an amazing place.
We ran into a few other groups on the way back, extremely thankful we started hours before them. The way back was a bit easier, but still would have been confusing without the map.
I could have stayed there forever if I was allowed. By far one of my favorite places. If you ever get the chance to go, (win the lottery, show up at the office day of, etc) you better go. Most definitely one for the books.
This is a place you have to plan for, but if someone offers a you a chance to go take it! Thanks for reading and remeber to follow us on Facebook and Instagram! Happy trails every one!
Dani is the Founder of Mountain Chicks and the primary author of the Mtn Chicks Blog. Here you'll find outdoor tips, travel experiences, gear reviews and more.