Buckskin Gulch

Buckskin Gulch

Kanab Field Office Kanab, UT 84741

37.06608971, -112.0001136
The Buckskin Gulch Trailhead is approximately 4.5 miles from Highway 89 on House Rock Valley Road. 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

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

From the Buckskin Gulch Trailhead, the first few miles of the route follow an open wash, with opportunities to explore the 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.

Roughly 1 mile later, visitors can observe petroglyphs at the confluence with Wire Pass. From Wire Pass, Buckskin Gulch continues, with narrows of varying widths all the way to the confluence with Paria Canyon, a total of approximately 16 miles from the trailhead.

Although the hike is usually fairly tame at the beginning, as visitors travel deeper into the canyon, they will begin to encounter obstacles including giant boulder jams and at times, deep pools that can linger for months after a flood.

For more information, detailed maps, and current conditions contact the Paria Contact Station, the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Visitor Center in Kanab, UT, or the Arizona Strip Interagency Visitor Center in St. George, UT.


Buckskin Gulch
Buckskin Gulch