Coyote Buttes South

Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness (Coyote Buttes North (The Wave), Coyote Buttes South, and Paria Canyon Overnight)

This is Not The Wave

Coyote Buttes South is just a small part of the 112,500 acre Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, but it includes some of the most visually striking geologic sandstone formations in the world. This area requires hiking in deep sand. There are no designated hiking trails or specific destinations in Coyote Buttes South. Hikers enjoy exploring and discovering their own routes. This remote area offers opportunity for solitude where you will very likely see no one or have only occasional contact with other visitors. Permit holders should be in good physical condition and have good backcountry hiking and navigation skills.

To help protect yourself and the wilderness experience, please take the following precautions:

Notifications and Alerts

Permit & Season Information

This permit is required to visit the Coyote Buttes South permit area. The area is designated day-use only (no overnight). Reservations are accepted at 12:00 noon (MDT) on the 1st of each month for a permit during the third month ahead. Reservations are not accepted for trips beginning day-of or the next day.

For example, permits for the month of August would become available on May 1st at 12:00 noon MDT. Online reservations would not be accepted starting on August 14th for a trip on August 15th.

Reservation and permit fees for all applicants will be charged at time of reservation. Following the reservation process a confirmation email will be sent containing the receipt and permit information. The permit will be mailed out by Vermilion Cliffs National Monument four to six weeks following the reservation.

Coyote Buttes South permits may be reserved year-round. However, as the area experiences extreme weather and flooding, visiting the permit area is not always safe or possible. 

Need to Know

Permit Information – Permit area does not include the Wave.

Safety is your responsibility!

Rules and Regulations

Fee Policy

Reservation Fee: A non-refundable $9.00 fee is required for each permit reservation. 

Recreation Fee: A non-refundable recreation fee of $5.00 per person and per dog is required. Everyone, regardless of age, must be included in the permit. This includes infants that are not walking. 

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy: All fees are non-refundable regardless of weather or any unforeseen circumstances. If unable to attend, permits can be mailed back for others to enjoy. These permits will be reallocated to the calendar. However, they are still non-refundable.

Change Policy: There will be no change or modification allowed to permit dates, applicant name, and alternate permit holders. Modifications to trailhead, license plate, and the addition of dogs (fee of $5 per dog) is allowed through the modify feature in your recreation.gov My Reservations page. These modifications are allowed until the permit is printed by Vermilion Cliffs National Monument four to six weeks following the reservation process. No changes after permits are printed. If the primary permit holder cannot make the trip on the permit date, the permit can only be used by the alternate permit holders listed on the application. If a primary or alternate permit holder is not present, the permit is invalid.

Contact Information

Mailing Address

345 East Riverside Drive St. George UT 84790

Phone Number

(435) 688-3399

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