Buckskin Gulch - Paria Canyon Trail is a 16.4 mile out and back trail located near Kanab, UT that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is accessible from March until November.
Magical journey through the Southwest's longest slot canyon, Buckskin Gulch (13 miles)
Awesome slot canyon! May be problematic after a good rain. Don't do it if rain is in the forecast! lol!
Into buckskin at wire pass, camp at the confluence of Paria and Buckskin and out Paria! Pure Joy with lots of solitude
Be careful! We hiked the trail from the Wire Pass trailhead to just short of the Paria River confluence where we hiked out cross-country back to the trailhead via the edge of the Wave where we hit the return trail. The round-trip route was 22 miles per Google Earth and it took us 11 hours. The mud and water in the Gulch was chest deep in many places - we hiked it in late July just after some recent rains and there were no people in sight anywhere except at the trailhead. There are very few places to get out of the Gulch safely and long stretches where there is no escape from a flash flood, so be sure you check the weather before going in. The Gulch is amazing and beautiful and a must do for anyone who thinks they have done it all. The hike cross-country on the return is mostly sage-covered sand with some slick rock - not easy.
Definitely great for adventurous running; we had a Dutch guest stay at our B&B here in Kanab who said Buckskin/Paria were her absolute favorite running routes for training before the Grand2Grand UltraMarathon!
Is it possible to run the trail, and can we do it at self. We come from Denmark for running trails.
Buckskin Gulch is one of my favorites! I have never felt so small in the world being at the bottom of that tall of a slot canyon. Absolutely stunning and I highly recommend this. Hiked it in November so it was a little chill with the wind, few spots of mud but not bad.
Certainly one of my top 5 favorite hikes. I went in early March and the gulch was mostly dry but there were quite a few knee deep puddles and they come often enough that don't even bother changing into boots. Canyoneering boots are best but some supportive and well draining sneakers with neoprene socks would also do the trick. This hike is not without risk so make sure you do your homework, what season you go in can have a huge impact on safety so research it before you go and start early so you can take pictures and still make it out to the Paria before it's pitch dark..
Wild. Up to your knees will get wet from walking through mud pools. Cooler in the slot because there is no sun.
Among the most amazing hikes m'dad and I have experienced. We're from Alaska and have been hiking together for over thirty years. We took four days to hike through Buckskin Gulch and Paria Canyon - here's the hike in four minutes:
Certainly the hike has risks, there's a lot of good information on this and other sites about the unique challenges of the area. Be safe and enjoy the experience.
Nothing else compares. I will remember this hike and its beautiful and unique scenery for the rest of my life. I hope I can go back soon!
We hiked through it in a day - started before light and ended around 4 or 5 pm. Bring LOTS of water.
No hike like this exists in the US -- over 12 miles of eerie slot canyon hiking, without any technical downclimbs and passages only shoulder width for miles. The sculpting of flash floods over millenia has etched mesmerizing patterns into the sandstone, the same flash floods which are more recently attested to by log carcasses wedged 40 feet overhead between narrow walls. The timid lizard, a few hardy green trees in infrequent wide spots, the occasional dark pool of indeterminable depth--these mark the miles and draw the vision from the involuntary gaze skyward, to the sliver of light filtering down from above. It is a spectacular hike, unlike any other; the camping near the confluence with the Paria "River", which also enters as a slot from the left before widening out downstream, is excellent, with a high bench above the flood zone. Only a trickle of water comes out of Buckskin at this point, but it is reliable, with a spring on the right side of the gulch adjacent to the campsite. Permits are a must, and should be obtained 4 months before you desire to go.
The next day, hike up the Paria Canyon to the Whitehouse campground (water available at Ranger station), under Slidie Rock with only the kestrels zooming overhead and the relentless wind. You need to arrange a shuttle for this hike because the Wire Pass trailhead (camping available with pit toilets but no water) is over 12 miles from Whitehouse.