Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
Paria Canyon/Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness
Coyote Buttes Permit Area - Trailheads & Access Points
Wire Pass Trailhead

Wire Pass Trailhead

This easy 1.7 mile one-way hike gives you access to the longest continuous slot canyon in the country, Buckskin Gulch. It offers a variety of day and overnight hiking options. Many hikers will start their trip at the Wire Pass trailhead, enter Buckskin Gulch after 1.7 miles and travel either up or down canyon. There are multiple 4-9 foot tall moderate obstacles requiring scrambling up and down boulder piles.
Generally after heading down canyon into Buckskin Gulch from Wire Pass, you may find mud or deep water obstacles within ½ mile of the confluence except during late June and July.
The section between Wire Pass and Buckskin Gulch trailheads, which is 5.7 miles, can be completed in one day although travel between the trailheads will require a shuttle, hiking or bicycle work. This is generally dry except immediately after local rains or flooding conditions.
Wire Pass to Whitehouse trailhead, as a day-hike, is a 12-17 hour, 19.2 mile hike for experienced hikers only. It is highly suggested to complete this section as a 2-day overnight trip. If you overestimate your skills, experience or fitness, you might find yourself stranded overnight, without proper equipment. This could pose a safety risk to you.
Trailhead Location
The White House Trailhead is located in south central Utah in the Kanab Field Office adjacent to Vermilion Cliffs National Monument.

What to Expect




To access Wire Pass from Highway 89, travel east from Kanab 38 miles, turning right onto House Rock Valley Road (BLM Road 1065) just before the sharp left turn markers. Or travel west from Page, Arizona 34 miles on Highway 89 over the dam, past the Paria Contact Station (which has updated road and canyon conditions) and turn left onto House Rock Valley road just after the sharp right turn markers. Drive south on House Rock Valley Road, an unmaintained gravel road, approximately 8  miles crossing Buckskin Gulch to the trailhead parking area located on the right(west) side of road.
To access Wire Pass from Highway 89A, drive to the base of the Kaibab Plateau and turn onto House Rock Valley Road (BLM Road 1065) heading north into Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. Follow BLM Road 1065, an unmaintained gravel road, 21 miles to the Buckskin Gulch trailhead.
BLM Road 1065 is not maintained.  A four-wheel drive, all wheel drive (AWD) vehicle is highly suggested. High clearance vehicles are suggested. The road is impassable when wet.
Permits, Fees, Limitations
Group size is limited to 10 people in this permit area. Groups larger than 10 must split into smaller groups and begin hiking on separate days and are not permitted to travel or camp together within the permit area.
Permits for day hiking can be obtained at the self-serve pay stations (see photo). The fee is $6.00 per person/dog, per day.
Overnight trips into Paria Canyon and Buckskin Gulch is $5.00 per person/dog, per day and is limited to 20 people per day (dogs do not count against this total). You must purchase a permit in advance on-line. Human waste bags will be provided free of charge at the Paria Ranger Station, Kanab Field Office and Arizona Strip District Office. Their use is mandatory.
This dirt road is not maintained and may be impassable when wet. A four-wheel drive or all wheel drive (AWD) vehicle may be needed to access the trailhead. High clearance vehicles are suggested. During flood events, Buckskin Gulch may be impassable. Updated road conditions are available through the Kanab Field Office or the St. George Field Office.
Water Availability/Hiking in Water
There are no springs in Wire Pass or Buckskin Gulch so hikers must carry adequate water.
Safety Concerns
Hikers must be extremely cautious during flash flood season. Adequate escape routes for flash flood situations are non-existent in many sections of this slot canyon. Biting deer flies can be bad in the late spring/early summer. Wear long pants to avoid bites. Heat-related injuries and dehydration could be potential problems. Water is not available at the trailheads or in the canyon. Hikers must carry a minimum of one gallon of water per person per day.
Camping and Lodging
Dispersed, primitive camping is available within Vermilion Cliffs National Monument and House Rock Valley on Arizona Strip Field Office Lands at least ¼ mile from water sources and developed recreation sites. The closest campgrounds are Stateline Campground, 1.5 miles south on BLM Road 1065 and Whitehouse Campground located 2 miles south of the Paria Contact Station located on Highway 89. Lodging is available in Marble Canyon and Page, AZ and Kanab, UT.
Food and Supplies
The nearest source of food and supplies is Kanab, UT, and the communities of Marble Canyon or Page, AZ.
First Aid
First aid is not available within the national monument. The nearest hospital is in Page, AZ, 42 miles away.
Additional Information
Maps: USGS 7.5 minute quads: Pine Hollow Canyon. The Hiker’s Guide to the Paria River, encompasses the entire canyon.