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To visit The Wave in Utah-Arizona, win the lottery

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Up to six people can be represented by one bingo ball in the drawings, but if only two spots remain and a group of four is chosen, they have to decide which two can go. On occasion, a whole group passes, and cheers can be heard as renewed possibilities open up for others and the drawing continues.

The disappointment can be palpable for people who don’t win. Still, with destinations like the Grand Canyon’s North Rim, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park and other natural wonders located an easy day trip from Kanab, there are plenty of great alternatives.

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THE WAVE: Located at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, St. George, Utah, with drawings for 10 permits for next-day hikes held daily at 9 a.m. at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Kanab, Utah, about 80 miles (129 kilometers) from Vermilion Cliffs. Permits cost $7. Online lotteries for another 10 daily permits are held four months in advance: http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/arolrsmain/paria/coyote—buttes/permits.html.

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Karla Costa of Chicago didn’t get selected in a drawing in May. Next time, she says, she will try the online lottery. Despite missing out on The Wave, Costa noted the many other places to explore. "If it does not work out in the morning, we just, you know, hit the road," she said.


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