Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

8 days ago

Learned this isn’t an official trail but was able to still locate the area to check out, definitely has some cool sights to see

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1 month ago

A wonderful short hike.

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1 month ago

It’s great. If you’re keen to wander around to your hearts content. There at endless miles of awesome hoodoos to explore. We found some small pools and cooled off in them. Lots of wandering through desert sand. It was great fun. Not sure how the wave is, but this is probably better for the more adventurous.

Check the weather and your water. We went to sliderock arch and back from the campground and logged 15.4 miles. I’m a bigger guy and went through 4L of water. Walking through the sand and over river rock added a solid difficulty to this long and grinding trail. You need to go around 4 miles to see the steeper canyon walls. Many cool things to see. If you don’t have the time or energy to do this trail, check out wire pass to buckskin gulch.

on Paw Hole

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3 months ago

very difficult to find (House Rock Road is marked as a BLM road) and get to without a 4 wheel drive, but we did. had to hike in the last couple of miles as we feared being stuck on the sandy road. There didn't appear to be a path, but you get yourselves right in the middle of these beautiful rock formations. give yourself most of the day.

4 months ago

Drove the BLM road from Hwy 89 to the Lone Tree Parking Area, then walked the 2.3 mile sandy road to the trail head as we were not driving a 4wd vehicle. Great decision as we surely wouldn’t have made it in our car, but the walk in was beautiful and made for a good workout! Paw Hole is a great exploratory adventure hike and absolutely gorgeous.

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4 months ago

Be sure to get a permit [search the internet] before driving up this one lane sandy road. You need a 4WD vehicle and don't go before or during a rain as you will get stuck. Saw 2 vehicles with flats + I developed one one way out. Very rocky.
How mother nature created all these swirled hills is amazing.

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4 months ago

This is a really easy walk. Nice place to see if you have some time to waste.

Did the 40 mile throug hike from Wire pass to Lee's ferry in 2016. Best day hike is going in from the north down to the confluence and back out. about 14 miles total I believe. Beautiful, narrow canyon starts about 4 miles in or so. Great hike but you're in a muddy river for prob 25 straight miles once in there. Hiking water shoes a must! Stay away from the big boulders in the water! downstream and to the side of them is where the deep muck is! Drinking water is scare so pack a lot of it in. Most important is to watch the weather VERY closely. Nowhere to hide for many stretches in there if it floods. No cell communication down in there so someone will have to hike out for help.5 days was perfect. Day 5 hike out is a long, hot one out into the desert for sure. Beautiful hike though!!! Happy trails!

9 months ago

Lots of deep sand, recommend walking sticks, very cool rock formations. You can spend a short time or a lot depending on what you want to explore.

I planned on doing a day hike of maybe 10-15 miles with my daughter being that this had a rating of easy. I was fooled... quicksand is a real thing and it went up to my hip (my phone flew out as I tried to escape too... so make sure you keep that in a secure place and waterproof it). I would definitely like to go back better prepared for the situation. Please note that if you are entering from Lee’s Ferry ...that you should account for about a 1 mile hike between the parking lot til you get to the Paria Trail. I say take your time on this trail to enjoy the scenery and plan on spending the night so you don’t feel rushed!

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Friday, July 07, 2017

Long dirt road off Highway 89 that leads you to a parking area. Decided to drive our 4WD vehicle up to Paw Hole. There were a few times I thought we might get stuck. We made it to Paw Hole and explored for a few hours. The area is super sandy and there's not much shade. Worth seeing once but not sure I'd do it again.

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

A simple stroll really, as others have mentioned the trail is often hard to follow due to erosion but it is hard to get truly lost. The trail is a pretty typical look at Desert River passageways with cottonwoods and low laying grasses. The trail does not get that exciting until the turn around point which can be disappointing to those who don't want to hike the full length or those who simply don't have time to hike it.

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Sunday, April 09, 2017

We only hiked the first 3 miles or so before having to turn around. Trail guides say this is a 40-45 mile hike ending in the Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness. We started at Lee's Ferry at the Lonely Dell trail, which is less than a mile and ends at the trail head for Paria Canyon. The trail is difficult to follow at times due to erosion of the river banks. However much of the trail is on beach sand far from the river itself (we went in April when the Paria was nothing but a shallow stream in most places so the trail does not hug it all the time). The distant canyon walls, occasional giant boulders, Cottonwood trees, grassy shrubs, flowering plants, and many lizards/insects make for a varied hike and many photo opportunities. However the classic descriptions of being hemmed in by high canyon walls is not to be found until 15 miles in or so. Paria canyon starts out wide (or rather ends wide if you hike it from Lee's Ferry and follow it upstream). A beautiful stroll if you don't mind losing the trail every now and again. But since you're in a side canyon, it is difficult to get lost regardless of the trail.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

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.

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Monday, September 26, 2011

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.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

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!

on Paria Canyon Trail

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Monday, January 03, 2011

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.

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