It goes without saying that the chances of winning a Wave permit are extremely low. According to data obtained from the Bureau of Land Management, 200,589 people applied for wave permits in 2019, of those 200,589 people, only 7,300 people received permits or about 3.5% of applicants. An individual can apply a total of 401 times per year. So, what can you do to give yourself the best chance of winning when you apply?
There are two ways to apply for permits; the online lottery and the walk-in lottery. The online lottery is available each month, with winning applicants drawn on the first of the following month. The walk-in lottery is available every day during the summer months and Monday-Friday in the winter months. In winter, you can apply for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday on Friday morning.
Let’s cover the online lottery first. Here are some things you can do to help you win:
- Apply every month.
- If you can’t apply every month, apply for the least popular months.
- Apply for the least popular days (weekdays are less popular than weekends)
When you apply online, you are selecting up to three dates, four months in advance. For example, when you apply in January, the drawing will be for dates in May.
Along with making sure you are applying on the least popular days, you also want to make sure you apply for the least popular months. Here are the months ranked from most popular to least popular in 2019:
Use the following link to apply for your permits as well as view the BLM’s rules and regulations regarding the area. Coyote Buttes North Online Lottery
Now, let’s see how you can maximize your opportunity at the walk-in lottery. The walk-in lottery is held every day in the summer months and Monday-Friday in the winter months. The permits that you win at the walk-in lottery are for the following day. Here are some ways you can help yourself at the walk-in lottery:
- Apply every day.
- Plan your visit during the least popular months.
- Apply on the least popular days of the week.
- Accept the permits even if there are fewer permits than the number of people in your group.
- Bring someone in good shape along.
Many of these suggestions are very similar to those for the online lottery. Applying every day of your trip is the most important tip. It may cost money to apply online, but the walk-in lottery is free to enter; you only pay for the permits if you win. You may get a late start visiting other attractions, but it will be worth it if you win.
Plan your trip in January, February, or December. It may be cold during these months, but the National Parks are still open and are very beautiful when they are covered in snow, which is a sight most tourists will never see. The skies are also clearer in the winter months, making the stars more visible.
Accept the permit even if there are not enough to cover the people in your group. The folks who stay behind will find other amazing things to see and do. Many groups turn down permits because not everyone will be able to go. For most people, visiting the wave is something they will only have the opportunity to do once, so do it even if your friends can’t.
The Wave is an astounding location, but remember, it’s not the only attraction at Coyote Buttes North. After using the above suggestions to win your permit, make sure you explore the surrounding area, because chances are you won’t be back. Also keep in mind that if you do not win, your visit to Southern Utah is not wasted, there are may other fantastic areas to visit.
Here at Action Photo Tours, our priority is making sure you get the most out of your trip to Southern Utah. Whether visiting the Wave or finding alternatives, our knowledgeable guides will maximize your time at these beautiful locations. Sign up for a tour today and see the best of Southern Utah!
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Enjoy your visit and good luck!