Paria Canyon Trail is a 13.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Page, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.
I only managed to complete the first 4 miles from the south end, but even that small section is fun if you're on a time crunch and want to get out and hike. Definitely plan on completing the entire hike in the future.
Hiked this twice. Amazing both times. Lots of water crossings. Trail is mostly flat, but that does not make it easy. One of my favorites.
This is for the Lower Paria Canyon. We made a 50 miler out of this. Started at Wire Pass Trailhead and traveled down Buckskin Gulch. Note, check for flashflood conditions prior to entering. Buckskin only has one exit in it once in at Middle trail and the gulch is 12 miles from Wire Pass to the Paria Confluence. Once to Paria, hiked between 8-12 miles a day including side trips on the way down to Lees Ferry. Hike in and out of the river and mostly there is no established trail until closer to Lees Ferry. A great trip!
Step for step this is one of the prettiest hikes you will ever take. I have hiked the Wind River Range, the Eastern Sierras, Chicago Basin in the San Juans, throughout Utah, Arizona, Oregon, Washington and California, and Paria Canyon is in the top three on my list.
There are two trailheads that will get you down to Lees Ferry, which is the end of the trip. The easiest one is White House, which is not too far from Page, Arizona. The other is going down Buckskin Gulch, which is the longest slot canyon in the world. It is harder and you will probably need a rope to get down the bolder, which is located about a mile from the confluence with the Paria River.
You must get your water from springs along the way. You can get their locations several places, but check with the BLM to make sure which ones are functioning. On last day (assuming you are going down river) there are none, so make sure you bring extra containers to carry water. If you try to filter water out of the river, you will find that you can only get about a quart before your filter stops up.
We started at White House, hiked past Buckskin Gulch and set up our camp. The next day we went back up into Buckskin Gulch. We needed a rope to climb up over the bolder. We were told that someone tried without a rope and broke both legs. So be careful. We continued up the gulch but recent rains created a mud mess on the floor of the canyon. We ultimately turned around, but the formations and the canyon walls were fabulous.
Just be careful when doing this. The real danger is flash floods. The day we came out in another slot canyon 40 miles away two people were killed. They ignored the weather and weather reports. The primary nuisance on the trip is the number of times you step in quicksand. Its all over the place. Generally it only goes down to your ankles. However, I had a friend who did it a week after me and he went down to his hip. It is difficult to see the quicksand, even with trekking poles.
But those things aside this is a great trip. You need to get your permits early because they get taken upand for good reason.