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BLM expands use of reservation app to Coyote Buttes South area permits

In March, the Bureau of Land Management switched to a reservation app for Coyote Buttes North, which made it easier for hikers to see the Wave, a popular feature near the Utah-Arizona border.

Now the agency has expanded the new system.

You can sign up months in advance for a permit to see the Wave, but for those who don’t get drawn into that lottery, the BLM has another option.

In the old days, that meant getting up early to wait in line, sometimes with hundreds of people.

So the agency switched to a cellphone-based system.

It only works on phones, and it only works if you are in the area.

Now you can use the app to get permits for Coyote Buttes South, another popular hiking area.

“This is a system that kind of takes into the, you know, the next century and is much more, I would say tech friendly," said Michael Herder, the BLM's Arizona Strip District manager. "It allows people to apply from their mobile device.”

Because cell service is spotty in the region, the app may only work near local communities such as Page, Kanab, Marble Canyon or Fredonia.

For more information, visit blm.gov/programs/recreation/permits-and-passes/lotteries-and-permit-systems/arizona/coyote-buttes-north.

Ron Dungan has lived in Arizona for more than 35 years. He has worked as a reporter, construction worker, copy editor, designer and freelance writer. He's a graduate of the University of Iowa, where he was a member of the undergraduate Writers’ Workshop, and has a master’s in history from Arizona State University.Dungan was an outdoors reporter and member of the storyteller team at the Arizona Republic, where he won several awards, and was a contributor on a border project that won the 2018 Pulitzer for explanatory reporting.When not working, Dungan enjoys books, gardening, hanging out with his German shorthaired pointer, backpacking and fly-fishing. He's a fan of the Arizona Cardinals and Iowa Hawkeyes.