Paria Canyon and its tributary, Buckskin Gulch, are two popular and amazing routes the Paria Canyon - Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness. The 38-mile Paria Canyon route is normally done as a 3-5 day backpacking trip. It begins at the Whitehouse Trailhead off US Highway 89 between Kanab, UT, and Page, AZ, and ends at Lee's Ferry, AZ. Buckskin Gulch has been called the longest slot canyon in the world -- it is 15+ miles of pure slot! Buckskin intersects Paria about 7 miles down from the Whitehouse TH, and provides an alternate, longer start to the Paria trip, or can be done on its own (around 22 miles from Wire Pass to White House TH). Hiking and Exploring the Paria River, and Canyon Hiking Guide to the Colorado Plateau, both by Michael Kelsey, describe these routes in detail. Permits are required for these canyons, and the regulations change from time to time, so check the BLM site.
A general map of the area is located here.
- Buckskin Gulch (Wire Pass to White House TH)
- Paria Canyon (White House TH to Lee's Ferry)
- Buckskin-Paria (Wire Pass to Lee's Ferry)