Paria Canyon: Wire Pass Trailhead to Lee's Ferry

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Paria Canyon: Wire Pass Trailhead to Lee's Ferry is a 41.6 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Paria, Utah that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

41.6 miles
4,429 feet
Point to Point

dog friendly






wild flowers





This is the less popular route for hiking the spectacular Paria Canyon. Most people do a several day backpacking trip starting at the White House Trailhead, and ending at Lee's Ferry. Whereas this route starts at the Wire Pass Trailhead, and then continues all the way to Lee's Ferry. Overnight stays in the canyon require a permit from the BLM. Please visit this site for permits: 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. After almost 2 miles on Wire Pass, you'll continue on to Buckskin Gulch. After 11.5 miles on Buckskin, you will reach the intersection with Paria Canyon. There is a great campsite here (permit required). Then continue along the Paria Canyon until finally reaching Lee's Ferry. 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.

3 months ago

I have to say, what you will read about this trail online will either be terribly inaccurate or to the T. It depends on the time of year of course. For us it was sunny and beautiful every day. was wet, very wet. and the legendary "cesspool" was incredibly deep and being the tallest groupmember I had the unfortunate duty of carrying out packs across...5 times. But the buckskin is so very beautiful, and so very worth it. The water in the Paria river was filterable but I would reccomend using the springs. It's salt content was so high that each of our legs had a gnarly rash for days after. We did this trail in four days..however I Would highly reccomend making time for 5. You will be very slow throughout the hike, especially when your trying to go fast (the profile is relatively flat going downhill, but with many obstacles including a make your own way 15 foot drop at mile 11 through the gulch). Our group hiked from early morning until dark every day and our best mileage was day on 4, with only 13 miles and mostly high water routes on dry ground. If you do this hike please enjoy it as we did but be well prepared, its probably unlike anything you've ever done.