Arizona's iconic sight: The Wave

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.

This May 28, 2013 photo shows a on a rock formation known as The Wave in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona. The area’s photogenic qualities have made it a popular hike. But permits are only issued by lottery for 20 hikers a day. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)
This May 28, 2013 photo shows a on a rock formation known as The Wave in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona. The area’s photogenic qualities have made it a popular hike. But permits are only issued by lottery for 20 hikers a day. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)
This May 28, 2013 photo shows a on a rock formation known as The Wave in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona. The area’s photogenic qualities have made it a popular hike. But permits are only issued by lottery for 20 hikers a day. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)
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)
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)
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)
This May 27, 2013 photo shows a bingo basket at the Grand Staircase-Escalante visitor’s center in Kanab, Utah, that is used to determine who gets 10 permits for the next day’s hike to a rock formation known as The Wave in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. Another 10 spots are decided daily by an online lottery four months in advance. Access to the site in the Arizona-Utah desert backcountry is limited to preserve the area and to maintain the wilderness experience. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)
This May 27, 2013 photo shows a bingo basket at the Grand Staircase-Escalante visitor’s center in Kanab, Utah, that is used to determine who gets 10 permits for the next day’s hike to a rock formation known as The Wave in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. Another 10 spots are decided daily by an online lottery four months in advance. Access to the site in the Arizona-Utah desert backcountry is limited to preserve the area and to maintain the wilderness experience. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)
This May 27, 2013 photo shows a bingo basket at the Grand Staircase-Escalante visitor’s center in Kanab, Utah, that is used to determine who gets 10 permits for the next day’s hike to a rock formation known as The Wave in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. Another 10 spots are decided daily by an online lottery four months in advance. Access to the site in the Arizona-Utah desert backcountry is limited to preserve the area and to maintain the wilderness experience. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)
This May 28, 2013 photo shows a hiker taking a photo on 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. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)
This May 28, 2013 photo shows a hiker taking a photo on 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. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)
This May 28, 2013 photo shows a hiker taking a photo on 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. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)
This May 28, 2013 photo shows a hiker on 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. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)
This May 28, 2013 photo shows a hiker on 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. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)
This May 28, 2013 photo shows a hiker on 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. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)
This May 28, 2013 photo shows a hiker taking a photo on 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. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)
This May 28, 2013 photo shows a hiker taking a photo on 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. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)
This May 28, 2013 photo shows a hiker taking a photo on 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. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)
This May 28, 2013 photo shows a section of a rock formation known as The Wave, part of the land that comprises the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona. Access is limited to the site located in the Utah-Arizona desert backcountry, with just 20 hikers allowed in per day. Permits are given by lottery. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)
This May 28, 2013 photo shows a section of a rock formation known as The Wave, part of the land that comprises the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona. Access is limited to the site located in the Utah-Arizona desert backcountry, with just 20 hikers allowed in per day. Permits are given by lottery. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)
This May 28, 2013 photo shows a section of a rock formation known as The Wave, part of the land that comprises the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona. Access is limited to the site located in the Utah-Arizona desert backcountry, with just 20 hikers allowed in per day. Permits are given by lottery. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)
This May 28, 2013 photo shows hikers walking on rocky terrain for a 3-mile trip to The Wave rock formation in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. People who make the hike are advised to bring at least a gallon of water for the desert backcountry journey that begins in southern Utah and crosses over the border into Arizona. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)
This May 28, 2013 photo shows hikers walking on rocky terrain for a 3-mile trip to The Wave rock formation in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. People who make the hike are advised to bring at least a gallon of water for the desert backcountry journey that begins in southern Utah and crosses over the border into Arizona. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)
This May 28, 2013 photo shows hikers walking on rocky terrain for a 3-mile trip to The Wave rock formation in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. People who make the hike are advised to bring at least a gallon of water for the desert backcountry journey that begins in southern Utah and crosses over the border into Arizona. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)
This May 28, 2013 photo shows a swirling colorful 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. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)
This May 28, 2013 photo shows a swirling colorful 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. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)
This May 28, 2013 photo shows a swirling colorful 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. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)

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