Buckskin Gulch to Wire Pass Trail is a 11.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kanab, Utah that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length11.2 miElevation gain1,246 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsDog friendlyRiverViewswild-flowersWildlifeRockyOff trailNo shadeFee
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Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Area requires a permit with associated $6 fee to enter. This is a short twist on the much longer Buckskin Gulch canyon hike. This hike starts at the Buckskin Gulch Trailhead, continues along the Buckskin Gulch for a couple miles, and then quickly exits at the Wire Pass Trailhead. For a shorter, 5.6-mile through hike, you'll need to have either left a car, or catch a ride back to the Buckskin Gulch Trailhead to get to where you started. Overnight stays in the canyon require a permit from the BLM. Please visit this site for permits: https://www.blm.gov/programs/recreation/permits-and-passes/lotteries-and-permit-systems/arizona/paria-canyon. If you're bringing a dog for an overnight stay, the dog also needs a permit. Paria Canyon is the longest slot canyon in the world and has four main points of entry: White House Trailhead, Wire Pass Trailhead, Middle Passage, and Lee's Ferry Trailhead. There are several clusters of campsites throughout the canyon. Beware, there are rattlesnakes in this area. Other potential wildlife includes canyon wrens, peregrine falcons, condors, and great horned owls. Keep an eye on the weather and watch out for flash floods. It gets very hot in the canyon, so it is not recommended to do this hike in the middle of summer.

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Margaret Doyle
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FishingGreat!

I was not dazzled by the photos but WOW did I find it magnificent. what is a national monument .

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Kathryn Watson
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Don’t follow the red trail. It follows random cow paths and washes. It does appear to go up the cliff. Stay in the wash. We dropped a car at one end. Glad we dropped a car. It’s 7.5 miles one way. Lots of shit everywhere in the gulch but super cool rocks.slots are SO COOL.

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Chloey Sniecinski
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HikingNo shade

We were recommended to check out the slot canyon at buckskin gulch without checking maps or online information on the trails and how to get to the slot canyon. We mapped to this and realized it definitely was too long for a hot September day for us and our dog to make it to the slot canyon. Plus storms scared us off :( don’t make the same mistake as we did, go to wire pass!

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Meg Wade
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HikingGreat!

Great views of slickrock and other formations until you get to the slot canyon proper. Much less crowded this sunny Saturday than the Wire Pass trail. We went maybe a mile past the confluence with Wire Pass before turning around, and the canyon floor was dry the whole way. Same for the road in.

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Hannah Zerkle
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Karen Bowling
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If you are wanting to see the slot Canyon, it’s much easier and faster to get there from wire pass trailhead. We were on our way there and saw the buckskin trailhead and thought we would be cutting mileage but instead we doubled the mileage. It’s an easy hike but be ready for the distance.

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Hannah Zerkle
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Robert Buzzell
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HikingGreat!

You're following a wash during the first three miles. Then the slot canyon. An experience that's worth the effort. For me, easy to feel lost, but follow the footprints or cattle dung and you'll be fine.

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Malika Bakkal
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Trail unmarked and there comes a time when you cannot figure out where to go ! Love it but definitely need to be patient if you get off trail !

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Bill Carney
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An outstanding day hike. My first experience with a slot canyon. Amazing!

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Natalie Adams
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HikingGreat!

This was a fun trail! This is definitely something to experience for yourself. Please be smart and check the weather since flash floods up 30 feet are possible. It’s crazy seeding trees stuck in the canyon fr flooding.

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Andrew Romney
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Decent hike to let dogs stretch their legs and have the reward of a mile long slot canyon before you get to wire pass. Wire pass was crowded but the slot canyon stemming from Buckskin Gulch was not. Overall a nice place to hike your dogs without the major crowds. Be prepared to carry your dog up the ladder in wire pass as well.

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Brooke Coe
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Alexander Trevino
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Fantastic run for 4 miles on a dry riverbed then you have approx. 1 mile of beautiful slot canyon. it opens into a gorge with several canyons converging. Absolutely gorgeous! The area is out of the way a bit but absolutely worth the trek to get to it. A perfect run.

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Ken Fusco
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Stephanie Hill Cabrera
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Trail was awesome but start at Wire Pass trailhead instead of buckskin gulch. You got the narrows of the slot canyon a lot faster going this route! Only about a mile+ in you will reach it.

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Aga Domagalska
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Amazing

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Ray Gao
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**Safety Warning**: do not take the route with the drop at the start of the slot canyon, there is an alternate route outside the slot canyon itself. Soon into the slot canyon you’ll encounter a drop off with a log used as a foot rest. When we were here, we saw several people struggle heavily with getting up and down through this area. After we ourselves had precariously lowered ourselves down from the ledge, we saw the next man on his way up fall backwards onto his back on the rocks down the 10 ft drop (when the log dislodged), where he hit and gashed his head and was unresponsive. We ran back to the car, drove to cellphone service to call in help and he was carried out in an ambulance 2 hours later Alternate route: There is instead a route around and over into the canyon. The starting point is marked with a cairn, you can see it before where the canyon starts, to the right of the trail. It requires climbing over and then down the rocks but is doable with hiking shoes and caution. We took this route while running out of the canyon and were able navigate it fairly easily

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Sarah Sykes
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Starting from the Buckskin route plan to start early and get out before the heat of the day. There is so little shade for the first (and therefore last) 3.5 miles that it gets unbearably hot especially with dogs. That being said, plan accordingly with water as well. The slot canyons are gorgeous though and if you can’t do the steep climb in wire pass you can go around it to the left this direction. Definitely recommend, but I enjoyed it more when I did it last winter than the heat this time!

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Craig McCloskey
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Following the trail provided using GPS was a little challenging at times but when in doubt just follow the gulch all the way to the slot canyons and you can’t go wrong. Nice trail. I would five it a 4.5 if we could use decimals.

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FCOCEO .
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HikingFee

Beautiful trail that has impressive slot canyons. Bring lots of water. Trail Head is down a 5 mile dirt road accessible by most vehicles. 4WD not required. Trail is flat and mostly in a creek bed. 1st mile is on a sandy path then goes into creek bed. Did this trail in a little over 4 hrs which included several stops for photos and selfies with my Wife. Highly recommended.

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Jake Selleroli
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HikingMuddy

Awesome trail! Will be back to do it again! It was muddy since it rained the night before but who cares we trekked though it. We did 13.6 miles all the way to the buckskin gulch parking lot and back.

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Evan Caldwell
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Buckskin gulch is amazing, but I would have preferred a different route. This one involved 3.5 miles of direct sun exposure before entering the slot canyons, which was grueling both out and back. Once we were in buckskin gulch it was great, but again this route is better if you go straight at the junction (deeper into Buckskin) instead of right (towards wire pass). The canyon is deeper, narrower, and colder that way which I found much more enjoyable. Great hike, just research your route to match what you want to be doing.

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Elizabeth Bell
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Beautiful trial, went in early June and there was no water. Still a great hike!

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Kevin Burke
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Fantastic hike! We made this into a loop. Parked at Wire Pass and rode our bikes to Buckskin trailhead. The ride uphill was a bit more than we bargained for on some old bikes but still worth it to not backtrack. The trail is beautiful and open and with recent rains quite green. Was 3.3 miles before the canyons begin so we were anxious by then. But that last section of trail before the confluence was just awesome as the canyons grow, gets narrower, and presents amazing contours. We did an extra half mile down Buckskin before going back to Wire and out. Wire is a great mix of sites and saw all ages doing it. Made for a great loop. 4.7 miles on bike and 7.25 hike including the extra mile of exploring.

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E Mac
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One of the best hikes in the area

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Ann Marler
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This was a beautiful hike, though the All Trail map takes you out of the gulch and across some barb wire fences. It started off well marked, then got confusing until you crossed the peak and went back down into the gulch. When in doubt, just follow the gulch. Also, we could not complete the last 1.5 miles with our dog due to a giant boulder that had fallen in the slot canyon of The Wire trail. It was rigged with logs and cord for human passing, but impossible to lift a large dog over.

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