Paria Canyon from Lees Ferry

MODERATE 18 reviews

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.

5.6 miles
249 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



nature trips



wild flowers



off trail

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.

3 months ago

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.

4 months ago

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.

8 months ago

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.

10 months ago

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!

Friday, October 13, 2017

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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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