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The Wave

Coyote Buttes, Utah/Arizona border

The surreal landscape of the Wave is the result of a sandstone mountain being weathered down into a multicolored chute. Hikers from around the world arrive in the spring and fall to take in the swirled band of colors among the chutes’ valleys and arches. During the more popular months, daily admissions are controlled via lottery, meaning access can be difficult to attain. However, with other natural attractions, including the Horizon Arch and Lake Powell, close by, you still win by losing.

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