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Hikers put in their bid to do Arizona's Wave

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A hiker takes a photo on a rock formation known as The Wave in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona.

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A swirling colorful rock formation known as The Wave in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona.

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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.

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Small wooden balls click rapidly in a whirling bingo basket, as 78 hikers wait to see if their numbers will roll out to win one of 10 permits to visit a rock formation known as The Wave. Some had been contemplating the hike for years. 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 this daily 9 a.m. 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.
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    • A hiker takes a photo on a rock formation known as The Wave in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona.
    • A swirling colorful rock formation known as The Wave in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona.
    • 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.
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