Buckskin Gulch


Kanab Field Office 669 S Highway 89A Kanab, UT 84741

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The Buckskin Gulch Trailhead is approximately 4.5 miles from Highway 89 on House Rock Valley Road. </p>Buckskin Gulch is also often accessed as a hike from the Wire Pass Trailhead, 8.3 miles south of Highway 89 on House Rock Valley Road.


Buckskin Gulch

Buckskin Gulch, in Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, is one of the longest continuous slot canyons in the world, stretching roughly 16 miles through unique formations and undulating sandstone walls.

Two primary trailheads access Buckskin Gulch: Buckskin Gulch Trailhead and Wire Pass Trailhead. The route is undeveloped, with no trail or facilities outside the trailheads.

From the Buckskin Gulch Trailhead, the first few miles of the route follow an open wash, with opportunities to explore unique sandstone formations to the east. Around 3.5 miles from the trailhead, sandstone walls appear on both sides of the wash as it enters the narrows, which continue for roughly 12.5 miles to the confluence with Paria Canyon.

From the Wire Pass Trailhead, the route follows Coyote Wash for 1.7 miles, passing through the narrows of Wire Pass before meeting Buckskin Gulch about 4.5 miles from the Buckskin Gulch Trailhead. Visitors can observe petroglyphs at the confluence with Wire Pass and continue either direction in Buckskin Gulch.

The canyon usually starts out as an easy to moderate hike. However, obstacles and weather conditions can make portions of it difficult and dangerous. Downcanyon from the Wire Pass confluence, expect giant boulder jams, and at times, deep pools that can linger for months after a flood. Slot canyons like Buckskin Gulch are extremely prone to flash-flooding, and should not be attempted if flooding is a concern.

Permits are required. Day use permits are available at the trailhead. The fee is $6.00 per person and $6.00 per dog. Fees must be paid in cash or by check, and passes (including Interagency and Senior) are not accepted.

Overnight use is limited and requires an advance permit only available online. For more information, visit https://www.blm.gov/programs/recreation/permits-and-passes/lotteries-and-permit-systems/arizona/paria-canyon.

Commercial groups and some organized groups require an additional special recreation permit.

Group size is limited to 10 people sharing any affiliation (friends, family, club, tour, etc.). Groups of more than 10 people are not allowed to enter the permit area in the same day.

For more information, detailed maps, and current conditions contact the Kanab Visitor Center (BLM) in Kanab, UT or visit the Paria Contact Station.