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Coyote Buttes South, AZ

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Author Randal_Schulhauser
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For the popular access to "The Wave" go to Coyote Buttes North via Wire Pass TH.


This hike is listed with incomplete data If you have more information hiking Coyote Buttes from Paw Hole Trailhead then please submit. Randal's (stripped from a previous listing) summary should get you started...

We obtained a Special Day-Use Permit for Coyote Buttes South. The Ranger commented that he thought that the Waves in the South section are better than the North section and cautioned us about the sandy roads requiring 4WD with special terrain tires. He also mentioned that the last permit for this area was issued about a week ago.

From the Visitor Center, travel West on Hwy 89 about 5 miles. Just as Hwy 89 cuts through the Cockscomb between mile marker 25 and 26, turn South on House Rock Valley Road. For some unknown reason Jack Rabbits are a common sight along this road. For Coyote Buttes North and the Wave, travel about 8.5 miles until you reach the Wire Pass Trailhead. For Coyote Buttes South, travel about 16.1 miles until you reach the Lone Tree Reservoir/Lower Paw Hole Road Junction. There are no signs, but half a dozen culverts are piled on the East side of the intersection. It is HIGHLY ADVISED to park your vehicle here and hike Lower Paw Hole Road to Paw Hole. Lower Paw Hole Road is EXTREMELY SANDY.

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We turned onto Lower Paw Hole Road and the track seemed firm from the over-night rain. Traveled about a mile when the wheels started to spin. Good thing we always pack a shovel, dug out the wheel and placed some windfall branches under the tires for traction. Parked the truck and started to hike up to Paw Hole.

About 1.5 miles from House Rock Valley Road you will encounter the first of many strange rock formations including a small "teepee" and the "brains".

2.5 miles from House Rock Valley Road there is a sign indicating "Paw Hole - please walk from here". An obvious trail heads North towards the Paw Hole Teepees. There are "chess pieces" and more "teepees" along the trail. And yes, there are "waves". And more "waves". More "waves". And more "waves". And even more "waves" in a 1.5 mile loop back to the Paw Hole TH sign. Walk back along Lower Paw Hole Road 2.5 miles to Lone Tree Reservoir/House Rock Valley Road intersection.

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2005-06-29 Randal_Schulhauser
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Coyote Buttes South
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    The final portion of our 10-day overland trip was a trip into Coyote Buttes South and the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. We had the requisite permit for Coyote Buttes. The new vehicle was ready and outfitted for the deep sand we'd encounter along the area's trails. Friends joined us at Stateline Campground, so named for being right on the AZ/UT border. While we always enjoy their company, this area is remote and having a second vehicle and some fellow adventurers along for the ride is not a bad idea.

    After a quiet night at the campground, we aired down our tires and struck out to explore the amazing geological features of the area. Our first stop was at Paw Hole. We hiked up through the deep sand into the southern most end of Coyote Buttes. Having been to the Wave, we at least had some idea of what to expect. Our friends didn't and they were pleasantly surprised right off.

    Our group split off taking differing routes into the sandstone cliffs depending on individual levels of comfort with climbing. The variety of shapes and shades in which nature has molded the rock here is phenomenal. While we could have loitered much longer, there were more places to visit. We loaded up and moved deeper into the area.
    Coyote Buttes South
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    The final portion of our 10-day overland trip was a trip into Coyote Buttes South and the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. We had the requisite permit for Coyote Buttes. The new vehicle was ready and outfitted for the deep sand we'd encounter along the area's trails. A friend and fellow pilot joined us at Stateline Campground, so named for being right on the AZ/UT border. His wife and Border Collie, Shauna, accompanied him. While we always enjoy their company, this area is remote and having a second vehicle and some fellow adventurers along for the ride is not a bad idea.

    After a quiet night at the campground, we aired down our tires and struck out to explore the amazing geological features of the area. Our first stop was at Paw Hole. We hiked up through the deep sand into the southern most end of Coyote Buttes. Having been to the Wave, we at least had some idea of what to expect. Our friends didn't and they were pleasantly surprised right off.

    Our group split off taking differing routes into the sandstone cliffs depending on individual levels of comfort with climbing. The variety of shapes and shades in which nature has molded the rock here is phenomenal. While we could have loitered much longer, there were more places to visit. We loaded up and moved deeper into the area.
    Coyote Buttes South
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    This was part of a trip that included Wire Pass Canyon out to Buckskin Gulch, Coyote Buttes South, and Toad Stools. We met some friend who live in SLC and had a short time to squeeze some hikes. As usual we had applied for a Wave permit months ahead and were denied, so we settled for a CBS permit instead.

    We stopped into the visitor's center in Kanab on Friday to check on road conditions since this there was about a foot of snow that fell a few days before, and now the temps were in the high 50s and it was melting fast. They told us the only problem was about 4 miles in on house rock valley road right about the Buckskin Gulch trailhead. they advised, there was some water flowing at that crossing, but if we had a 4wd with clearance we should be fine. I drove out there and checked it out and decided we would be good to go the next day when our friends showed up.


    CBS: this was our second time here, but our first time with SNOW on some of the features. It was awesome and really added a nice touch to the area. I think our friends really liked it, we were pretty excited to show them the way. We also took the time to make this our lunch spot and enjoyed the scenery as well as some sandwiches. :) The road was pretty muddy from the turn off until The "lone tree" once we got to the sand it was pretty good. I regret not making the trip out to the cottonwood teepees and white pocket. I guess that is a valid excuse to go back! ;)

    Video: https://youtu.be/E1 ... FG_E is the Hike and https://youtu.be/sf ... ydfY is the drive out
    Coyote Buttes South
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    Butte-iful

    I consider the drive through the sand as a part of the fun and adventure. It took several attempts to plow through the sandy hill past Paw Hole. Someone before us had deep rutted out some big holes where they had obviously been stuck. I hesitated, and lost my momentum. Ultimately, I had everyone get out of the vehicle and I pushed up and across the deep ruts and to the top of the dreaded sand hill. The rest of the road was easy with a few fishtails here and there. All part of the fun.

    It was another typical day at the Buttes. Incredible sandstone formations. I see something new everytime I go. Our friends from Pittsburgh were blown away by the beauty of Coyote Buttes.
    Coyote Buttes South
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    We have been denied a CBN (the Wave) permit twice now, so we just got the CBS permit and decided that's where we were meant to go right now. We drove to the Paw Hole trailhead and started our adventure there.
    It was pretty cool. We only saw a few other people out there. a guy was chilling in his truck at the Paw Hole parking area, then on the way out we ran across two gals that had parked their Escape and decided to hike the last section of road in. There was also a truck parked at lone tree, but we never saw those people.
    We had a sort of route planned out, but when we got out there we just went wherever we thought something looked cool. The rock formations are nice, they photograph nice too, we really liked the hoodoos.
    We plan on still doing CBN at some point so hopefully we can do a 2 day because I want to go back to CBS and make it out to white pockets as well.

    Here is a brief Youtube vid of it.

    https://www.youtube.com/embed/UuXDu7alNEY
    Coyote Buttes South
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    This is my third trip to Coyote Buttes South. Each time I set off in a different direction and each time I am pleased to see great new rock formations that I've never seen before. The formations and colors are spectacular. Like yesterday at Wahweap, not a soul to be seen except the 5 traveling in our group. We did notice one vehicle with two men being towed out when we first arrived at the TH. Apparently, they were German tourists who tried to navigate the sandy roads in a two-wheel drive Nissan Pathfinder. They got stuck on Saturday, had to walk out, found a ride along HouseRock Road. Got a ride back into town, contacted a tow company who picked them up and towed them out on Sunday.
    Coyote Buttes South
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    Thursday, 5/7/2009, we were at the Paria Ranger Station before 8:30 AM Utah time (7:30 AM Arizona time) to play permit bingo. Based on the crowd size and posted attendance over the past week we decided to go for the South Buttes rather than the North Buttes. 56 numbered balls were put into the bingo cage for the North. After just 4 numbers were called the 10 available spaces were gone and the remaining 52 numbers got shut out. For the South Buttes there were 13 people looking to fill 10 spaces and our number was the first called. On many days there is no lottery for the South because fewer than 10 people enter so everyone goes.

    Our permit was for Friday so we made a quick trip up Cottonwood Canyon road and hiked the Lower Hackberry Canyon trail 3 miles each way and then the Cottonwood Narrows loop for about 5 more miles, both fun hikes.

    Then it was off to the Stateline Campground on House Rock Valley road 2 miles past the Wire Pass trailhead. This campground has 4 sites (2 with covered picnic table with bench seats). There is a toilet but no water or trash removal at this site. There are no fees. It is the northern end of the Arizona Trail. We saw about 6 entries in the logbook by hikers proudly announcing they had completed the Arizona Trail. Thursday we got there at 5:00 PM and took site 1. Ten minutes later site 2, the last available, was taken. We stayed there Friday night as well and the last site was not taken till 7:00 PM.

    Early Friday morning we drove 4 miles south on House Rock Valley to road 1080 marked by a small post on the right side of House Rock with the number 1080 and a left turn arrow on it. House Rock Valley road is in noticeably better condition in Arizona than in Utah. Road 1080 is the sandy road going to Paw Hole where the South Buttes hike starts. GB drove her Expedition about a mile on the sandy road to where the sand started getting deep and parked. We hiked the rest of 1080 for 1.5 miles to the start of the hike. All other hikers did the same thing that day. A young couple (non-hikers) in a Toyota FJ cruiser drove the whole way both ways and didn't seem to have any problems. It is desirable to drive the whole way if your vehicle will permit since the road hiking is overhead you can live without.

    The hike is 95 percent in sand and will tire you out. We hiked a total of 7 miles, 4 miles in the Buttes and 3 miles on the road. There are many trails there and you can make up your own hike and go as far as you want. The South Buttes is a great hike. It's not as great as the North Buttes ("The Wave") but still rates 4 stars compared to the 5 star North Buttes.
    Coyote Buttes South
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    Camped just South of the Utah/Arizona state line on the third night of my vacation in order to hit the trail early the next morning. Drove to the lone tree by around 7am and attempted to drive to the paw hole trailhead. But even with a 4x4 I didn't trust I would be able to make it all the way to paw hole without getting stuck in the sand: so I turned back after a mile and parked at the lone tree to begin my hike: BIG MISTAKE! Walking the 2.5 miles from the lone tree to the paw hole parking lot were some of the most miserable miles I have ever hiked. Sand might be difficult to drive in, but its SOOOOO much worse to hike in, especially when your going uphill and there is no shade!

    Even though the hike was difficult the buttes make it totally worth it! The rock formations are spectacular and there is no way pictures could do the area justice! I think if I ever attempt this hike again I will attempt to drive to the cottonwood cove access point in order to see a different section of the buttes. The map that I received with my permit didn't convey how massive the area really is.
    Coyote Buttes South
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    Just got back from a 3 day adventure exploring the slots. Wire Pass, Buckskin Gulch, Paria Canyon, Coyote Buttes, the Wave, the Teepee's, Rimrock Toadstools - WOW!

    Daily late afternoon showers this past week have started a water flow with some muddy sections. Kept a keen eye on the weather...

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    From Page, go North and West on Hwy 89 about 30 miles. Just as Hwy 89 cuts through the Cockscomb between mile marker 25 and 26, turn South on House Rock Valley Road. Travel about 8.5 miles South until you reach the Wire Pass Trail Head for Coyote Buttes North and the Wave. Note that you are in Utah, near the Arizona border. The Wave is located in Arizona.

    For Coyote Buttes South and the Teepee's, travel 16.1 miles South from Hwy 89 until you reach the Lone Tree Reservoir/Lower Paw Hole Junction. There are no signs, but half a dozen culverts are piled on the East side of the intersection. It is HIGHLY ADVISED to park your vehicle here and hike Lower Paw Hole Road to Paw Hole. Lower Paw Hole Road is EXTREMELY SANDY. Note that you are in Arizona, near the Utah border.

    Just before Hwy 89 mile marker 21, on the South side, you can find the Paria Ranger Station & Visitor Center. The Visitor Center has made a Coyote Buttes map available to hikers.

    Coyote Buttes North - Wire Pass to the Wave
    TH elevation = 1490 ft
    TH elevation gain = 340 ft
    Distance = 2.85 miles (one-way)


    Coyote Buttes South - Lone Tree Reservoir to Paw Hole Trail Head and Loop of Teepee's
    TH elevation = 1635 ft
    TH elevation gain = 160 ft
    Distance = 4.06 miles (one-way)

    2009-04-04 Lofty adds: If you get to Honeymoon Trail sign ( 18 mi from Us-89) You've gone a bit too far. ( that helped us ) as well as GPS . Didn't see any culverts. Lone Tree access Turnoff : 36 54' 56" 112 03' 06" Had a Hyndai Tuscon Crossover SUV with city tires. Drove 3/4 up th hill to a good spot for parking. Not far below the bend in the road. After that we noted Sandy Ruts. The Sand was moist from the previous day's rain. They give you a good directions handout for driving & mileage for the entire south Buttes area at the Pariah contact station.
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