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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.

A girl from Montana was intrigued by the slot canyon & beautiful colors. Great easy hike & warm, sunny weather. A bit hard to find railhead but we persevered & found it!

trail running
4 days ago

This was easy access into this area. Great dirt road. Ran the dirt road in and out..I think it was more miles than what was on review. But really amazing rock and slot canyon.

lifetime memory

Beautiful!

hiking
1 month ago

abandoned trail, trailhead near highway but not easy to locate

Wanted to ditch the crowds today and it worked on this trail! We didn't go too far but we had our 5 yo and it was perfect for us. Lots of beautiful scenery and plenty of exploring to do and scrambling around on the slick rock. We were here in good weather in January - I imagine it gets real hot in summer but once you get down towards more of the narrow sections it's probably a lot cooler. Just lots of exploring to do here - I look forward to coming back and making it further down the gulch.

hiking
1 month ago

We enjoyed this hike.. for the most part it was easy except one 8 foot drop inside the canyon. Keep in mind that inside Wire Pass (after the turn off for Buckskin Overlook), there is an 8 foot drop that is a challenge. This can be by passed by going up on top of the canyon. Both ways can be a bit tricky if you're not used to it. Dec. 29, 2017

wonderful

hiking
1 month ago

This is one of the most beautiful places on earth!!

hiking
1 month ago

Essentially a discount Coyote Buttes for those who couldn't get a permit. I love off-roading, but the drive was long and tedious, with little of interest on the way after passing Coyote Buttes South. There is a short trail leading from the "parking lot" to White Pocket itself, but exploring is free-form once the trail terminates at the sandstone. Not sure I'd do it again.

One of the best experiences I've had! There is about a 20-25 minute walk before you get into the slots and the drive through the trailhead is about 15-20 minutes of gravel at very slow speeds although it is a scenic drive. Very easy hike for all skill levels!

We really enjoyed this hike with our four kids. Stunning and a lot of fun. We'd love to one day do the longer Buckskin Gulch, but this was a great half-day hike. One note- we were wary of the tree ladder in the slot canyon and took another hiker's advice to go around the canyon from above. That worked well, and then we returned through the slot canyon on the way back, as climbing up the ladder was less precarious for our kids. Either way, it's doable and very worthwhile.

hiking
1 month ago

Simply an amazing hike....starts out in the wash and meanders along till you hit the slot. Working ones way through the slot to the end of Wire Pass then in to Buckskin Gulch is worth the trip alone. How can one not add a canyon hike like this to your bucket list?

If you want more just push on to Buckskin Gulch...it the longest and deepest in the world! (just check the weather first as being down there during a flash flood is not going to be good)

This recording is actually for Wire Pass, but somehow I couldn't load that map for this recording. I am not sure if or how I can change it to Wire Pass. We did not go to the overlook. Keep in mind that inside Wire Pass (after the turn off for Buckskin Overlook), there is an 8 foot drop that is a challenge. This can be by passed by going up on top of the canyon. Both ways can be a bit tricky if you're not used to it.

Really fun and worth the lottery process. The Wave is spectacular, as are the surrounding areas and the hike in/out. But if you don’t know what you’re doing, don’t go! The volunteer ranger has some horror stories... also don’t think that you can do this without a permit. You will get caught! We saw a group of 6 caught without permits and fined $1500 each!

backpacking
2 months ago

Did Buckskin to Lee's Ferry. Changed my life. After the first day of hiking, didn't see another human for 48 hours. It was unreal.

Awesome slot canyon hike, pretty easy except large drop assisted with tree ladder. Well with a trip!

hiking
2 months ago

We were lucky to win the Lottery at first attempt. It’s really a great privilege to be able to do this epic hike. Fantastic to see the Wave in real, but don’t forget to go further to Wave2 and down in the Canyon. There’s a lot to see.
Also, if you want the best light you should be on site early morning, preferably before 10 am. Afternoon light is also pretty nice, as it reveal other parts of the Wave.

hiking
2 months ago

We went in December and were lucky to score a walk up permit on our first try. The hike was breath taking, not just the wave but the journey there was filled with beautiful scenery. Note that in December aim to arrive by 10:30am at the wave for bear light, we got there around 1pm and parts were shaded but it was still amazing.

2 months ago

definitely have a good 4wd and be comfortable driving in sand. then it is totally amazing.

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