Paria Canyon Trail

EASY 6 reviews

Paria Canyon Trail is a 13.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Page, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
13.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
875 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
5 months ago

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.

hiking
5 months ago

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.

hiking
8 months ago

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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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!

camping
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.