To call the South Coyote Buttes Tour Tour a consolation prize for Paria Canyon runners-up is a discredit to this photographer’s playground. It pulls you in with tantalizing possibilities around every rock.
Like its counterpart to the North, which contains the Wave, South Coyote Buttes Tour in the Paria Canyon Wilderness is a vast expanse of colorful slickrock sandstone with lots of sand in between. The stone has been eroded by wind and water over Eons into a myriad of forms. The minerals seeping and collecting along concentration gradients give the rock it’s sharply defined colored layers often packed within millimeters of each other. Wander and scramble in search of the best angles amongst the vibrant striations, weird hoodoos and buttes, balancing rocks, Moqui marbles, beehives, swirls, teepees, delicate and elaborate fins, mini arches, and more. South Coyote Buttes Tour is broken into two main sections Paw Hole and Cottonwood Cove, accessed through deep sand roads in the Remote Paria Plateau which rests above the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. Both are remarkable for photography with never-ending compositions. Both are visited on the South Coyote Buttes Tour.
Hiking Difficulty 1-10: 7
Elevation change, uneven footing, and sand make this terrain more difficult. The distances are substantial at about 6 miles.
SPECIAL PERMITS ARE REQUIRED FOR THE SOUTH COYOTE BUTTES PORTION OF THIS TOUR. DREAMLAND DOES NOT PROVIDE ADVANCE PERMITS OR HAVE AN UMBRELLA PERMIT. ONLY OUR GUIDES ARE COVERED BY OUR PERMIT. WHEN OBTAINING PERMITS ONE DOES NOT HAVE TO ADD OUR GUIDES TO THE TOTAL NUMBER. IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, UPON REQUEST, AND WITH AN ALTERNATE TOUR PLANNED, DREAMLAND MAY ATTEND THE LOTTERY IN YOUR STEAD.
South Coyote Buttes Permits are relatively easy to get. To find about more about how to get these or any permits in the Paria check out Dreamland Safari Tour’s Guide Blog.
The Coyote Buttes South Tour is most often done in combination with The White Pocket Tour or additionally with Wire Pass in the Triple Crown Tour; both are great substitutes for those that get unlucky in the Wave lottery and perfect complements for those that score a Wave Permit.
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