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. You must bring a printed copy of your permit which can be accessed from the ‘My Reservation’ tab on your account profile at Recreation.gov. See Fee Policies for full details.           

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

You must bring a printed copy of your permit, accessible from the ‘My Reservation’ tab on your account profile at Recreation.gov. You must print and bring your permit with you; digital copies on your cell phone will not be accepted. Failure to provide proof of permit may result in a citation. You may print your permit as early as 14 days before your reservation date. Once your permit has been printed, you cannot make changes to the permit.

The same maps included with your digital permit are also available at our three visitor centers. Please provide your printed permit to staff to obtain one. Maps are available in English, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish. 

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 conditions or any unforeseen circumstances. If unable to attend, permits can be cancelled and will be reallocated to the calendar. However, they are still non-refundable. Once printed, they cannot be cancelled.

Change Policy: There will be no change or modification allowed to permit dates, applicant name, and alternate permit holders. Modifications can be made to trailhead, license plate, and the addition of dogs at the ‘My Reservations’ page on Recreation.gov. These modifications are allowed until the permit is printed. No changes may be made 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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