Want to hike The Wave? Getting a permit is about to be a little easier. Here's what's new – The Arizona Republic

Hikers who want to see The Wave, an undulating sandstone landscape that’s one of the most photographed — and in demand — destinations in the Southwest, will soon have an easier time applying for a permit. 
The contoured landform in the Coyote Buttes North area of Arizona and Utah can only be hiked with a permit obtained by lottery. People who plan well in advance can apply online up to four months ahead at recreation.gov.
Permits also have been issued two days before you wish to hike via in-person lottery at the Bureau of Land Management’s Kanab Visitor Center in Utah.
Starting March 15, 2022, the BLM will implement a new mobile app system where people can seek daily permits. It eliminates the need to go to the visitor center to enter the lottery. 
Here’s how the new app for Wave permits works.
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People who want to plan up to four months ahead can enter the lottery for their desired date at recreation.gov.
A maximum of 64 people per day are allowed in The Wave. Of those, 48 can get  permits in the advance lottery and 16 permits are awarded in the daily lottery. 
To enter the daily lottery starting March 15, hikers should download the recreation.gov app to their phone or tablet. Do this before you start your trip — you may not have enough internet to download once you’re on the road.
After you’ve downloaded the app, here’s how to enter the daily lottery:
Note that because of daylight saving time, the local time may differ depending on your  pick-up location.
Daylight saving time 2022 begins on Sunday, March 13. Utah observes DST and Arizona does not, so as of March 13 if the local time in Utah is 9:30 a.m., it’s 8:30 a.m. in Arizona. The Navajo Nation in Arizona is an exception; it does observe daylight saving time. 
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According to the BLM, you must be within the following areas to apply for a daily permit on the app:
See a map of the entire geofence perimeter for the daily lottery at https://www.blm.gov.
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The Wave is a 6.4-mile round-trip hike. You’ll hike through tall sandstone buttes and sagebrush to reach the famous rock formation. 
The fee for a permit is $9 per application. You can have up to six people per application.
You can connect with Arizona Republic Culture and Outdoors Reporter Shanti Lerner through email at shanti.lerner@gannett.com  or you can also follow her on Twitter
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