Arizona's iconic sight: The Wave

Associated Press
This May 28, 2013 photo shows hikers pausing to view a rock formation known as The Wave in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management limits the number of permits for hikers to 20 a day in order to preserve the backcountry wilderness experience and protect the sandstone formation. The permits are issued by lottery, half of them four months in advance through an online lottery and 10 by a live drawing of bingo balls the day before. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)

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Only 20 people are allowed to visit The Wave each day, with 10 chosen in an online lottery four months in advance and the other 10 picked in a daily lottery. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management limits access to protect The Wave's delicate red sandstone formation and to prevent overcrowding at the designated wilderness site in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in St. George, Arizona.

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