What is the distance to the Paria Canyon - Buckskin Gulch confluence from each trailhead?
|White House to Paria/Buckskin confluence:||7 miles|
|Wire Pass to Paria/Buckskin confluence:||14 miles|
|Buckskin Gulch to Paria/Buckskin confluence:||16 miles|
|Lee's Ferry to Paria/Buckskin Gulch confluence:||31 miles|
What is the overall difficulty level of this hike?
It depends on where you begin your hike and the depth of the Paria River. If you leave from the White House trailhead and hike to Lee's Ferry, the difficulty level is moderate. The terrain is slightly down hill all the way but footing is often insecure due to sandy, muddy, and rocky surfaces. Leaving from Buckskin Gulch or Wire Pass makes the hike more difficult. Rocky drop-offs and obstacles exist in Buckskin Gulch and conditions can change with each rainfall. All hikers should be in good physical condition. The lack of a trail means you will spend a lot of time walking in water. Extremes in temperatures also impact hiking conditions.
What about drinking water?
This is a desert environment, so plan on at least one gallon of drinking water per person, per day to avoid dehydration. There are numerous springs in Paria Canyon between miles 10 and 25. These springs are marked on the Paria Hikers Guide. All water, even from springs, should be filtered or treated. There are no water sources in Buckskin Gulch. The Paria River flows year round below the confluence with Buckskin Gulch but is often very silty and can easily clog water filters.
This is a slot canyon, what about flash floods?
Prepare for extreme weather by obtaining current weather information from the Paria Contact Station or from the National Weather Service. Flash floods occur in the summer rainy season. It is difficult to predict exactly when a flash flood might occur. If you find yourself in a flash flood situation, get to the highest point you can. Usually flood conditions only last eight to 12 hours, but can last longer if a prolonged storm is in the area. Even after the water subsides, the hiking can remain difficult for days. It is better to cancel your trip than risk getting caught in a flash flood. These floods can be fatal. If you are in the canyon, stay in a safe place until the water subsides. Never make this hike alone. Always notify someone of your expected departure and arrival dates. The Paria Contact Station will have the latest condition reports-stop there before beginning your hike.
Can I take my dog?
Yes. Dogs are currently permitted in the canyons on a conditional basis. This use is being monitored. Your dog must be kept under control at all times. In the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, your dog must be leashed. You must pack out your dog's waste.
Who can I call for additional hiking information?
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Kanab Visitor Center: (435) 644-1300 or the BLM Arizona Strip District Office: (435) 688-3200
Why aren't there any signs in the canyons?
There is no established trail through much of the canyon bottom. Since this is a wilderness area, the minimum amount of signs are used in order to preserve the area's wild and remote character.
How come there are cows in the wilderness?
Cattle have been grazing in wilderness areas since before they were designated by Congress. The BLM manages land for multiple use and at times, livestock are present in the wilderness. "Within wilderness areas, the grazing of livestock, where established prior to designation, shall be permitted to continue subject to such reasonable regulations as are deemed necessary by the Secretary." (S4.)(d.)(4.), Wilderness Act of 1964.
Can I ride my ATV, mountain bike, or use my hang glider?
No. These and other motorized and mechanical vehicles are specifically prohibited by the Wilderness Act and BLM wilderness management policy
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