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Best trails in Marble Canyon

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Looking for a great trail near Marble Canyon, Arizona? AllTrails has 14 great hiking trails, views trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Labyrinth Canyon Recreation Area, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Coyote Buttes South or Lake Powell Navajo Tribal Park. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 6 easy trails in Marble Canyon ranging from 1.3 to 5.2 miles and from 3,444 to 6,371 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Marble Canyon
Top trails (14)
#1 - Cathedral Wash Trail
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 35 m
This is not a difficult hike. However, if you’re unaccustomed to hiking in a slot canyon the few small down climbs can feel extreme. In reality, though, they are short, simple and quite manageable and most people will make it just fine. The down climbs encountered in this hike are all only a few feet tall so if you cannot manage them alone, you should be able to with assistance from hiking partners. What challenges people is that often there is more than one way to navigate a down climb rather than just one clear spot. This means at times it’s necessary to backtrack in search of a spot that is most comfortable for you to down climb. Some reviewers mention that cairns mark the easiest path down; however, because this drainage periodically experiences flash floods cairns are not always present. Regardless, it will not be too difficult for most people to find a way down. The first significant down climb in the canyon is reached when you encounter a 30 foot drop off. At this spot many people have trouble determining where to go but on your right hand if facing down canyon (aka RDC) there is a short, easy down climb of about 5 feet to a wide ledge. It may look scary to some but as you make your way down you’ll realize immediately that it is very secure. From here go right and walk on the ledge under an overhang (some may have to hunch over) for about 30 feet to where the ledge gets wider and starts stepping down, in short drops, towards the canyon floor. From here it is easy to pick a path down to the canyon floor. After this obstacle there are a few more short down climbs but none will be more challenging than the first down climb. Return the way you came. Most will find that up climbing is much easier than down climbing.Show more
#2 - White Pocket
Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 43 m
#3 - Buckskin Gulch Trail to Lees Ferry
Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Area
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Length: 45.6 mi • Est. Multi-day
There are several different ways to hike in this area. While starting at the Buckskin Gulch trailhead shown here you can: 1.) Hike a multi-day backpacking trip one-way all the way to Lees Ferry in Arizona (permit required). This is the hike shown on this page. 2.) Hike into Buckskin Gulch, then turn left at the confluence of Paria River and Buckskin Gulch and exit at the White House Trailhead (if staying the night permit required). 3.) Hike just an out-and-back from the Buckskin Gulch Trailhead shown here and come back the way you came, exiting through Buckskin Gulch Trailhead (if staying the night permit required). 4.) Hike south on Buckskin Gulch, then exit quickly at the Wire Pass Trailhead. All of these variations of hikes can be found on AllTrails. The most popular method is getting a permit, starting at the White House Trailhead, and doing a multi-day backpacking trip to the Lees Ferry Campground. 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.Show more
#4 - Coyote Buttes South
Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
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Length: 25 mi • Est. 11 h
Hikers and photographers must get permits to visit the magnificent and famous formations in Coyote Buttes. A permit to go to CBSouth is a ticket to adventure, featuring an exciting drive on remote roads of an off road wilderness. The Bureau of Land Management issues permits for twenty individuals per day. Coyote Buttes South does not have a famous highlight like the Wave but it is more of an adventure. Access is by remote high-clearance, four-wheel drive roads. There are no hiking trails or routes once you get there. The teepee is the most common formation in Coyote Butte South. The coloration of the formations is also quite unusual, featuring a strong yellow color, with typical variations of red or brown. There are no facilities. You must bring in your own water and pack out all your trash.Show more
#5 - Paw Hole
Coyote Buttes South
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 41 m
This is an off trail route where you can wander around and see tons of cool rock formations. Use the route here as a guide but know that you can make your trip shorter or longer easily. Toggle on our photos overlay to see spots where other AllTrails users are taking the best photos! Not as famous as it's close cousin, North Coyote Buttes (aka The Wave), the South Coyote region requires a bit more effort to get to, but well worth the visit. Lots of deep sand, walking sticks recommended, very cool rock formations. You can spend a short time or a lot depending on what you want to explore. Permit required.Show more
#6 - Old Navajo Bridge
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 13 m
See wonderful views of the Colorado River, Marble Canyon and the Vermilion Cliffs from the deck of the Old Navajo Bridge. The original open-spandrel steel arch bridge is 834 feet long, with the roadway 18 feet wide and 467 feet above the canyon floor. It was opened in 1929 and replaced in 1995. At roughly the same height, the two spans are tied for ninth place among the highest bridges in the United States. The original bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved and typically at least ten feet wide. The grade is mostly gentle. Show more
#7 - Middle Trail to White House Trailhead
Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Area
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Length: 13.3 mi • Est. 6 h 48 m
This is a very intense, quick, approach into Buckskin Gulch. It cuts off almost all of the stagnant pools, and several miles of the gulch, dropping directly into the narrows. Rappeling equipment is required for this approach. Some hikers continue east along Paria River Canyon to Lees Ferry, or west along Buckskin Gulch to the Wire Pass Trailhead. The route shown on this page has the hiker taking a left into the Paria River Canyon and ending at the White House Trailhead. 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. Although dogs are allowed in Buckskin Gulch, they are not recommended for this route, as there is rappeling and steep drop-offs involved. 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.Show more
#8 - Cobra Arch Trail
Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Area
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Length: 7 mi • Est. 3 h 19 m
#9 - Sun Valley Mine Trail
Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 19 m
#10 - White Pocket Petroglyphs
Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 17 m
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