The New Wave Trail explores several cool rock formations in Page, Arizona that are reminiscent of “The Wave”, but these are easily accessed by most.
There isn’t shade on this trail so bring plenty of water and avoid the hottest times. This hike is adjustable in length.
There are also fun lizards and I saw a black-tailed jackrabbit on this trail!
The New Wave Trail is located in Glen Canyon Recreation Area, but it is out of the fee area (unless you park in the campground).
The trail begins across from the Beehive Campground. It is a little hard to see, but if you stand in the gravel turn around area across from the Beehive Campground sign and then head up towards the formations, you will quickly see the trail.
Because the trail is lined with rocks, it keeps you headed the right way.
There aren’t many flowers, but I did see a few.
Here are views of the area.
Soon you will come to a “Y” in the trail, where you can head right or left. Either direction is probably equally good. I will describe the trail heading clockwise, so taking a left at the fork.
The trail leads closer to the formations.
There is an optional detour to a viewpoint. It adds about 1/2 mile round trip. If you have time and the weather is comfortable, then go ahead, but if it is really hot, you have toddlers or you are on a time crunch, I would skip it.
I will explain the optional detour in case you want to try it. If so, head left at the sign and follow the lined path to the other formations you can see.
The trail up to these formations is a bit steep, but doable both directions.
Here are the views from the viewpoint, looking forward and then back past the trailhead at Lake Powell.
I zoomed in on my camera for a better view of Wahweap Bay.
Turn around and return the way you came.
Returning to the main trail you will you head left to continue the loop.
The New Wave
There are some pretty cool rock formations. The “New Wave” looks a bit like “The Wave”. The colors aren’t as varied, but it a lot easier to get to this formation with no permit required.
The path heads along the left side of more rock formations.
When you get to the end you get a view of a cavern or something similar below. I didn’t have the time to check it out, but am very curious about it.
This first shot is looking behind me and the other is looking over near where the optional detour was.
Continue on the trail around the corner to the right. There is what appears to be a second detour, but it really just a one-minute viewpoint. Head right up the trail to see it.
There is kind of a bowl in the rock.
Here are a few more of the area.
The rock would be very steep to continue at the little viewpoint, so step back to the main trail which curves back around toward the way you came.
I really love all the rock textures along this trail!
As you return you get another view of Lake Powell in the distance. This view is zoomed in a bit.
Stats: Distance – 1.4-2.0 miles roundtrip
Approximate hiking time – 1-2 hours
Elevation gain – 209 feet
Difficulty – Easy
Trail – rock lined trail of sand and rock with a couple slick rock segments
Bathrooms – No
Seasons to hike – Year round
Permits needed – none
Pets allowed – Yes