Gaining access to Arizona’s world famous Wave

“The Wave” is an ancient sandstone rock formation near the Arizona-Utah border that is so famous that legend says you must photograph it before you can call yourself a bona fide landscape photographer. The high season for photographing the natural creation begins next month, but if you’re thinking about visiting The Wave-even if all you want to do is look at it-don’t move so fast. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management issues only 20 permits per day.

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They issue 10 of these permits via an online lottery system, and 10 are handed out via an on-site lottery conducted the day before you hope to see the popular landmark. Depending on the time of year, there can be dozens of people-even more than 100-hoping to get a permit.

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