The Wave.Vermilion Cliffs NM, AZ.Brian Witte AP 2013

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced that it will triple the number of daily hiking permits at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona, including The Wave, a beautiful and delicate rock formation; critics worry that increasing the traffic will weaken and eventually destroy the structure. For 20 years, the park allowed 20 hikers per day; now that will increase to 64 per day. Requests have doubled over the last seven years for the hiking permits, with only a 4% acceptance rate and a backlog of 205,000. (Brian Witte/AP, 2013)

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