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Established in November 2000, this remote and unspoiled, 280,000-acre Monument is a geologic treasure, containing a variety of diverse landscapes from the Paria Plateau, Vermilion Cliffs, Coyote Buttes, and Paria Canyon. Elevations range from 3,100 to 7,100 feet. Steep eroded escarpments consisting primarily of sandstone, siltstone, limestone and shale have been deeply eroded for millions of years, exposing hundreds of layers of richly colored rock strata.

I entered Buckskin Gulch from Wire Pass on 9/20. Wire Pass was dry. Immediately after joining Buckskin Gulch (to the right), I encountered a pool that was waist deep making it difficult to proceed with backpacks. I continued through approximately 6 more pools. Though none were quite as deep as the first, they were substantial enough to slow travel. The water was also very cold. It was still a beautiful hike, but plan on getting substantially wet and potentially cold in the current conditions!

Did this trail in one day. INSANE. Would not recommend. Very challenging as you can never tell how deep the water is and what's under your feet. Constantly sliding all over the place. Ended up hiking 3 hours in the paria in the pitch black river back to the road where I hitch hiked back. That's an additional 7 miles on top of the actual hike. Started at 8 didn't finish until 10pm. With that said it is very beautiful and almost nobody around.

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6 days ago

2nd time here and still worth the trip. Bad part was the genius that got their RV stuck and blocked the road for hours. If you aren't sure where your vehicle will go, do not try it here.

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10 days ago

WARNING Roads become deep sand on the roads and some parts are a sand pit with deep loose sand. Road also has rocks in road that becomes tricky to drive over. Road it NOT for a car, must have 4×4 truck that is setup to drive off road and it would be better if you had off road jeep. Cool place once you get there.

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If you're going around any time that it rained you may be better off entering from the south. I had the folks at the BLM station tell me the north entrance road was "open, but probably slick." When pressed a bit more they admitted they themselves would never drive on it in those conditions, but I was welcome to give it a try. No thanks.

Even with the extra distance around it is absolutely worth the trip.

Loved this trail!! Gorgeous views in canyon and at end. There is a boulder in the way close to middle of slot canyon which requires about 8' of vertical descent/ascent. Try to get past because the end is really cool!

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1 month ago

One trail crossed from bucket list !! Yeah

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2 months ago

Best trail out of Zion national park. you can definitely just keep going and going and before you know it your hungry and the sun will be goin down. Gorgeous red wash! The Rick art was amazing too.

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2 months ago

This was a great hike to a final amazing location!

Our family hit the jackpot by getting picked in the lottery the first time we tried!

We hit the trailhead at 5:55 AM and we're back to our vehicle about 11 AM. We spent about one hour in and near the wave.

That is definitely the way to go with the hot weather! Be sure to bring a lot of water.

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2 months ago