South Coyote Buttes – The Paw Hole

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Everyone wants to go to the Wave.  Of course, it’s very difficult, as you most likely know.  We went in-person for the lottery in the morning, and failing to get a permit, we got a permit for the Paw Hole.  We got a tour company to take us, and in the same day, also managed to see the White Pocket.  

To start, I should probably mention some logistics.

  • The Pawhole does require a permit.  There is apparently great scenery around the Paw Hole that does not, but the actual Pawhole is a fenced area and only 20 hikers are allowed per day. 
  • Keep in mind, in the summer it can be very hot and it’s open sun.  Many recommend going spring and fall.  
  • You can go with a tour guide.  We had three people and it cost us about $175 each to see the Paw Hole and the White Pocket.  As far as I can tell, its costs at least $175 – $250 per person now.  If you don’t have four wheel drive and don’t want to do the 2.5 mile hike to get to the Pawhole, a tour company may be your best bet. 
  • If you go by yourself, you should have a four wheel drive.  Most people get to the Pawhole via Route 89 just north of the Coyote Buttes.  From there, between mile markers 25 and 26, is House Rock Valley Road (see map below).  You would take this road South for 16.5 miles until you get to the Lone Tree Reservoir – Pawhole Junction and turn left.  Once you turn, it’s 0.2 miles to the Lone Tree Reservoir.  If you don’t have 4-wheel drive, you can park here and hike about 2.5 miles to the Pawhole Trailhead.  If you do have 4-wheel drive, you can continue on the road but there is deep sand and you can get stuck.  
  • Once there, there is no fixed trail, you can wander to your heart’s delight lol.  

Here’s a map courtesy of Maplets.

We actually spent most of our time at the White Pocket, so I only have a taste of the Paw Hole to whet your appetite.  

The Paw Hole, South Coyote Buttes, Arizona. Photo by Ming Lo.
The Paw Hole, South Coyote Buttes, Arizona. Photo by Ming Lo.
The Paw Hole, South Coyote Buttes, Arizona. Photo by Ming Lo.
The Paw Hole, South Coyote Buttes, Arizona. Photo by Ming Lo.
The Paw Hole, South Coyote Buttes, Arizona. Photo by Ming Lo.
The Paw Hole, South Coyote Buttes, Arizona. Photo by Ming Lo.
The Paw Hole, South Coyote Buttes, Arizona. Photo by Ming Lo.
The Paw Hole, South Coyote Buttes, Arizona. Photo by Ming Lo.
The Paw Hole, South Coyote Buttes, Arizona. Photo by Ming Lo.
The Paw Hole, South Coyote Buttes, Arizona. Photo by Ming Lo.
The Paw Hole, South Coyote Buttes, Arizona. Photo by Ming Lo.
The Paw Hole, South Coyote Buttes, Arizona. Photo by Ming Lo.

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