Hiking the wave at Arizona


You’ve probably seen beautiful photos of the geological formation in Arizona known as The Wave, but what you may not know is that since it’s such a fragile area, few people are granted access to visit. That being said, hiking out to The Wave is no walk in the park. If you’re one of the lucky ones who snag one of the few available permits, here are 8 tips to help you survive your special day in the Arizona desert from our ambassadors, @brod_trip.

1. Don’t Lose Your Map

When you win the permit lottery, you’re given a map. It’€™s vague, only providing 6 photos and descriptions as to how to make the three mile trek to the site. Since GPS isn’t reliable, there’s no cell service, and footprints could lead you off a cliff, this map is your saving grace. Hang on to it for dear life.

2. Pack Plenty of Food and Water

The desert is hot and 6 miles (round trip) is a long way. Don’t be afraid to pack at least a gallon of water and a ton of snacks. The Broad Trip is partial to Munk Pack’s Apple Quinoa Cinnamon and Peach Chia Vanilla Oatmeal Fruit Squeeze snacks.

3. Be Observant

The way you get to The Wave is the way you return, and everything in the desert looks exactly the same. Take notice of important landmarks to make your hike back as seamless as possible.

4. Go Early and Stay Late

Frankly, this could be a once in a lifetime opportunity! Get the most time at The Wave as possible. Pro-tip for fellow photogs: mid-day is the best time to get photos without any shadows.

5. Dress Appropriately

The desert has a bad temper. It goes from hot to cold in a matter of hours. If you plan on staying later into the day, bring clothes for colder temperatures.

6. Overpack

If you get lost out there, it takes at least 24 hours for the Bureau of Land Management to get out there to find you. It’s better to bring too much than to not have enough.

7. Pay Attention to Your Surroundings

In addition to your typical desert wildlife, weather can be a serious factor. If it’s the rainy season, pay attention to those rain clouds. Part of the hike involves trekking through a wash. If it rains enough, you could fall victim to a flash flood. Stay on your toes!

8. Enjoy It!

As long as you follow these tips and stay alert, you’ll be just fine. Get out there and enjoy The Wave in all its glory. After all, you’re one of few that get to see it firsthand!

If you can’t make it to The Wave, we’ve got you covered. Here’€™s what a day at The Wave looks like!