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Coyote Buttes & The Wave – Best Dog Friendly Trails


January 1, 2018

Hiking Coyote Buttes & The Wave With Your Dog

Hiking Coyote Buttes & The Wave With Your Dog

Hiking Coyote Buttes & The Wave With Your Dog

Coyote Buttes / The Wave, a ravine made from swirling sandstone rock, is one of the most famous areas in Paria Canyon-Vermillion and definitely one of the most picturesque! Plus it’s dog friendly! Count yourself lucky to be able to go on this adventure hike. 

Paria (“Muddy Water”) Canyon, located in northern Arizona and southern Utah (Kanab, UT), is best known for it’s colorful and twisted sandstone landscapes, slot canyons, tall cliffs, carved formations, and ancient petroglyphs on deep canyon walls. Paria Canyon is a section of the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument and Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness. A map of the area can be found on the Bureau of Land Management website. Hiking in the area is rated as moderate.

See our full list of Dog Friendly Outdoor Adventure Guides made just for dog owners. We give you everything you need to plan your next adventure outing with your dog right at your fingertips. We also pick the best dog friendly trails for you! These destination guides are invaluable one-stop source of information if you have a dog!



If you go hiking with your dog, permits are required for both the North and South region of Coyote Buttes. Permits are obtained by lottery and reserved 4 months in adavnce. Dogs and humans need their own permits. 20 human permits are given per day – 10 online and 10 walk-in the day before at the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Visitor Center in Kanab, UT from mid-November to mid-March (745 E. Highway 89 in Kanab Utah across from Walkers gas station and Wendy’s restaurant Mon-Fri mornings). See the Bureau of Land Management website for more information. Permit questions can be directed to the Paria Canyon Project Permits Desk at (435) 688-3246. Overnight camping and campfires are not allowed.

Dogs must be kept under control at all times and need their own permit. You will have to carry out all dog and human waste. Overnight camping and campfires are not allowed in the area. If you want to go with a guide, they should have special recreation permits given out by the BLM Arizona Strip and Kanab Field Offices.


Here are a few of the best dog friendly trails in the area:

North Coyote Buttes – North Coyote Buttes (The Wave – 5.2 miles RT) can be reached from the Wire Pass Trailhead off House Rock Valley Road. This is the same trail as going towards Buckskin Gulch and Paria Canyon. The way to The Wave is towards Wire Pass Trailhead (stay right). Zion National Park has more information about the area as well as maps.

Twin Buttes, The Notch, The Wave, Top Arch, Sand Alcove, Melody Arch & Dinosaur Tracks are all landmarks in the area. We like the map found on American Southwest. Allow at least half a day to explore the area.

South Coyote Buttes  – South Coyote Buttes starts at the Lone Tree Reservoir Trailhead off House Rock Road. You can also enter from the Cottonwood Cove or Paw Hole trailheads, but you need a 4WD vehicle to get there. Road conditions may be very slippery or impassable.

The best time to go is in the spring, fall or winter when conditions are not so hot. Paw Hole and Cottonwood Teepees are two popluar landmarks in the area. Zion National Park provides a description of popular landmarks along with maps of the area.


After your hike, email us and let us know about your experience! We will be happy to include a photo of you and your dog here on Pawtivity for others to see. Where did you go hiking with your dog and what did you see? Any advice for other dog owners? 

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Related Pawtivity / Event: Coyote Buttes / The Wave, Arizona
Location: Kanab, UT |  Coconino County  |  Kane County  |  Arizona  |  Utah
Activities: Hiking

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