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Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
Paria Canyon/Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness
Paria Canyon Permit Area - Camping Responsibly

Where should I camp?

camper In arid lands, water is a finite resource. Take care to protect and conserve it. Camping well away from the Paria River reduces stream contamination but also avoids interference with wildlife. Wild animals regularly visit the river at night, and require uninhibited access to survive and thrive.

Good campsites are found, not made. Use existing campsites on the benches above the river. Keep campsites small. Use existing trails to and from the river. Focus activities where vegetation is absent. Avoid places where impacts are just beginning. Campsites that receive repeated use are shown on the Paria Hikers Guide.

Please camp at least 200 feet from any water source, and no camping is allowed on or adjacent to an archaeological site.

Wrather Canyon is closed to camping.

Leave your campsite as undisturbed, or even more natural looking, than you found it. You will be doing your part to leave the wilderness WILD!

Can I have a campfire?

No, campfires are prohibited in Paria Canyon and Buckskin Gulch.

How should I wash my dishes in the Wilderness?

Don't bother using soap, even if its biodegradable. All soap can have a detrimental effect on the environment. Carry a tough scrubbing pad, clean your dishes with water and let them air dry. After meals, wash your hands and face with a disposable moist towelette. Remember to pack out the towelettes with your trash.

What about camping with my dog?

At night, your dog should either be kept in your tent or tied up just outside. Many wildlife species are nocturnal and could easily be frightened or harassed by roaming dogs. Do not let your dog bark as this can degrade the wilderness experience of other hikers in the canyon.

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 Vermilion Cliffs National Monument 
Monument Manager:  Wayne Monger, Acting
345 E. Riverside Drive
St. George, UT 84790-6714
(435) 688-3200 
Hours: 7:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday 
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Saturday 
Closed Sunday