Kanab Field Office 669 S Highway 89A Kanab, UT 84741
Wire Pass Trailhead is on House Rock Valley Road, 8.3 miles south of Highway 89, between Kanab, UT and Page, AZ.
Wire Pass provides an enticing introduction to the geological wonders and undeveloped beauty of the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness. From the Wire Pass Trailhead, the route follows Coyote Wash for a little more than a mile before entering the narrows of Wire Pass. Two short stretches of narrow canyon lead to the confluence with Buckskin Gulch, roughly 1.7 miles from the trailhead. From there, visitors can observe a petroglyph panel before continuing into the Buckskin Gulch narrows or turning around and returning to the trailhead.
The route is undeveloped, with no trail or facilities outside the trailhead. While most of the route is easy, a roughly 10-foot-high boulder jam in the narrows has presented a challenge for many hikers in recent years. Additional hazards may be present. Slot canyons like Wire Pass 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.
- KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
- LEAVE NO TRACE
- ROAD REPORT
- TRAVEL & TRANSPORTATION
- TREAD LIGHTLY
- RECREATION OPPORTUNITIES
- VERMILION CLIFFS NATIONAL MONUMENT: NORTH COYOTE BUTTES (THE WAVE) AND SOUTH COYOTE BUTTES
- VERMILION CLIFFS NATIONAL MONUMENT: PARIA CANYON
- PERMIT SYSTEMS
- SPECIAL RECREATION PERMITS
- INTERACTIVE MAP
- MONUMENT GEOREFERENCED MAP
- BURR TRAIL SCENIC BYWAY
- COTTONWOOD ROAD GEOPDF MAP
- LOWER CALF CREEK FALLS GEOPDF MAP
- HOLE IN THE ROCK SCENIC BACKWAY
- SKUTUMPAH / JOHNSON CANYON ROADS