The New Wave


The New Wave is a Wave like rock formation just outside Page. While it is certainly no "Wave" it is a good destination should you have extra time while in the Page area. Like The Wave it is made of Navajo sandstone and has extensive fine detail and cross bedding. It opens to the northeast and gets even light mid afternoon. Do not get there too late or the rocks to the southwest will block the sun's rays.

250 yards to the south-southeast of The New Wave is a rock formation I'm calling Radio Tower Rock, named after the nearby radio towers. This formation is also Wave like and is more photogenic than The New Wave. It should definitely be seen if you're stopping at The New Wave. If you only have a little time in Page skip The New Wave and go here first. Like The New Wave the formation opens to the northeast. It is best shot mid to late afternoon. In spring and summer the other side of the formation should get light at sunrise. The formation frames Tower Butte and Navajo Mountain, and shooting to the north brings in Lake Powell. The radio towers and US89 will work their way into some of your images. They will be small and can be cloned out if you wish to bring your image to a more natural state.

Getting There

From the Glen Canyon Dam Bridge proceed north 0.7 miles and turn left onto a good gravel road. After 100 yards the road splits, take the right fork for 0.1 miles and turn left onto a somewhat rougher road. This short road should be passable to passenger cars when driven carefully, if not just walk it. Take the road to its end and park. From here hike 0.2 miles to the west to arrive at The New Wave, or 0.2 miles to the south to visit Radio Tower Rock.


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USGS 24K Topographic Maps

The New Wave is covered by the Ferry Swale topo map, and Radio Tower Rock by the Page topo map. These maps together with a merged map of the entire Page area can be downloaded in a variety of formats by clicking or right clicking below:

Geo Tiff/Avenza KMZ Oruxmaps KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
Ferry Swale KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
Page KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
Merge of all Page area maps NA NA KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared


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The New Wave, Page, Arizona

The New Wave at sunrise

Radio Tower Rock near Page, Arizona

Radio Tower Rock at sunset