You might have already seen photos of what most people refer to as The Wave—and perhaps it got you looking twice, because its seeming complexity and strange beauty is something that you don’t really see every day. This place, one of the things that makes this wilderness exceptionally famous, has that kind of mystique and beauty that’s just undeniably captivating.
The Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, located in the northern Arizona and southern Utah in the United States, is a treasure that covers about 112, 500 acres of unique land, red rock amphitheaters, terraces, gardens, and magnificent sandstone arches.
The Wave: One of the most unique features of the Paria Canyon is The Wave, a multi-colored sandstone rock formation on the Colorado Plateau that is just simply stunning. You can go hiking here (which have the best conditions during spring and fall), do some walking, and take photographs of the sandstone arches. This place is adored by photographers, and millions of cameras have shot these amazing waves every year.
Photographing this place from any angle will already be so rewarding, but many photographers agree that the best time to create shots is sometime in the morning, the time in midday where there are no shadows, and late afternoon (sometime before sunset).
If you’re planning on hiking here, you need to be prepared for the following things: you would need a permit (whether for day hikes or overnight camping), you must always have a trash bag with you, and campsites must be at least 200 meters away from a source of water.
Wildlife: This natural wonder is also a great place to find a wide array of wildlife; different species that will give visitors an outdoor lessons on different kinds of unique animals. A wide array of bird species could be found here, such as the Peregrine Falcon, the Red-tailed hawk, Killdeer, Cliff Swallow, Golden Eagle, Great Blue Heron, and dozens more. You can also chance upon mammals such as the mountain lion, foxes, coyote, bobcats, mule deers, etc. Some reptiles such as the rattlesnake, collared lizard, and the chuckwalla could also be found here.
Flora: If you like plants and flowers, you will certainly have the best time spotting unique vegetation at the Paria Canyon. Some of the amazing vegetation include cottonwood, pinyon, juniper, cactus, etc.
Hiking: This place is particularly popular as a hiking destination—just imagine walking through these beautiful rock formations and catching some of the best views while you make your way into a vast wilderness of narrow gorges of awe-inspiring shapes and sizes.
Stuff to bring: The essentials that you must take with at the Paria Canyon Arizona include a map, proper hiking clothes and shoes, and water. You will be assured of a quiet environment as one of the conditions for hiking here is to only have a certain number of people (for instance, for trail usage, only 20 people are allowed per day at the North Coyote Buttes). If you wish to bring dogs, you may be allowed to do so, with a permit.
Looking at photos of this place alone will already evoke a kind of inexplicable beauty, and imagine how much more is in store if you find yourself standing on the rock formations. Sometimes it’s not even enough for people to visit once—millions have returned several times already, for there is definitely nothing like it.