Paria Canyon from Lees Ferry is a 5.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Page, Arizona that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and nature trips and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length5.6 miElevation gain249 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Glen Canyon National Recreation Area charges a fee to enter. Fees are $30 per vehicle/vessel or $25 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $55. INDEFINITE CLOSURE: As of March 2021, users have reported that the access to this hike is closed due to road construction. Please consult the park's website before visiting. This is a short out-and-back hike from the southern terminus of the Paria Canyon. Most people choose to hike the Paria Canyon as a multi-day backpacking trip, starting at the White House Trailhead and Campground in Utah. This is a way to see a part of the canyon as a simple day-hike. A permit is required to stay overnight in the canyon.

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Lorene V
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Trail head is open, but road that you need to access after that it’s closed due to construction.

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J Co
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We saw one other person out. Incredible views the whole way. Turned around toward the end since a lot of the river was frozen and we didn’t have WP hiking boots or anything to cross in that would lead to getting frozen, but the hike up to that point is great. Very easy. Walked off into a canyon along the side of the trail on the way back—very cool and lots of opportunities for scrambling.

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Mike Mckenna
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Great trail! Only ones out here!

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Wendy West
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Such a fun trail. We started at lonely dell ranch and the little piece of history with the interpretive signs was interesting. Also the NPS keeps up the old orchards-so cool. Anyway, the trail was beautiful with those soaring red cliffs above. You have to keep an eye on the crossings. We were trying to do dry crossings on rocks because it was such a cold day, we would lose the “trail”. This makes me want to get the permit and do the entire 30 miles.

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Michelle Johnson
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Nice trail at end of day. Not too challenging. Pretty flat but there were a lot of water crossings.

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Amanda Scheibelhut
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I spent the whole month of July hiking at different parks across the U.S., and this hike is a secret gem. It was HOT. It was through a river, but it was such rural, untouched desert beauty, it was one of the top hikes I’ve ever done. There are slot canyons to explore off both sides of the river, and an awesome historic ranch at the entrance to the trail from Lonely Dell. BONUS. We found (what looks like) the remnant of a dried up waterfall down one of the slot canyons. Very cool!

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Brian Erdek
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Great trail! Bring sunscreen and shoes for the water.

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Tyler Hodgman
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Fun river day hike up and back down the muddy Paria river. Blue herons spotted.

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Erica Yellowman
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I didnt get across the river. but it was a fun hike til I turned around.

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Allyson Hinz
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West Bayne
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This was a nice hike. Nothing really technical about it other than a few river crossings. The water was low for us and never got above our chins. The trail is hard to follow at times, but you can’t get lost. There is always a wall on either side. We actually found that if you start walking toward one wall or the other you may cross about 5 trails. At the turn around point we decided to climb one of the cliffs for a nice view. We also did some side trips up a couple of the washes that were really neat. Overall, we logged 7 miles. Easy hike even for a beginner, just be prepared to get your feet wet.

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Chen Tsur
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Incredible, "inter-active", versatile view hike. start at lonely dell ranch on google maps, bring some water proof shoes, and if you want to not handle with water logistics issues- keep in mind to bring some water purify instruments/pills to get as much water that you like from the river. The hike is flat- yet extremely muddy - some of the crossings as a result consume some more time. Watch for flash floods notifications before visiting - this hike can be washed rapidly due to the tender texture of the soil and the already significant presence of water along the trail.

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Michael Steck
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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.

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steve iverson
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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!

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Lynette Ramsey
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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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Cody Hough
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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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Kirsten Chesney
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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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Matt Pargett
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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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Stephen Taggart
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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!

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Dave Harper
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Alexis Quiñonez
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Amanda Garcia
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artemis roadtrip
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J Co
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Joby Holman
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Blake Bengtson
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Eric Gever
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