BLM reacts to hiker deaths at The Wave

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The Wave hiking trail in southern Utah. (Source: The Wave hiking trail in southern Utah. (Source:

Federal land managers are stepping up warnings to reduce the death toll at The Wave, a hiking destination on the Utah-Arizona border that requires survival and navigation skills.

In July, three hikers with lottery permits to visit The Wave succumbed to brutal summer heat and disorienting open country.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced Thursday it's putting a greater emphasis on the dangers for hikers.

The agency plans to post a new trailhead sign, step up warnings on a BLM website, share a safety video with the Kanab Visitor Center and translate safety brochures for foreign visitors.

The BLM limits hikers to 20 a day at The Wave, a richly patterned swirl of sandstone. The 3-mile hike starts in Utah before reaching the formation in Arizona.

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