Paria Canyon–Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Trails

Page, Arizona

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Justly famous for the Grand Canyon, Arizona also contains many spectacularly beautiful, lesser-known canyons. Three—Paria, Buckskin Gulch, and Wire Pass—are in the 112,500-acre Paria Canyon–Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, established in 1984 under the Arizona Wilderness Act. Paria Canyon has soaring, multi-colored sandstone walls streaked with a tapestry of desert varnish. Hanging gardens adorn seeps and springs, carved arches and amphitheaters, and wooded terraces. Three zones of riparian vegetation line the Paria River, a year-round stream. Aquatic plants such as cattail, sedge, reed, rushes, and horsetail grow close to the stream. Seedlings of cottonwood, willow, and ash also sprout in this zone. Farther from the river, ash, cottonwood, willow, and tamarisk saplings have gained a foothold. And on the wooded terraces up away from the river, in a transition zone between desert and riparian habitat, tall, sturdy trees provide shelter and shade for wildlife and hikers. This trail guide covers an area with 55.7 miles of trails.

Paria Canyon–Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Trails Professional Review and Guide

"Justly famous for the Grand Canyon, Arizona also contains many spectacularly beautiful, lesser-known canyons. Three—Paria, Buckskin Gulch, and Wire Pass—are in the 112,500-acre Paria Canyon–Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, established in 1984 under the Arizona Wilderness Act. Paria Canyon has soaring, multi-colored sandstone walls streaked with a tapestry of desert varnish. Hanging gardens adorn seeps and springs, carved arches and amphitheaters, and wooded terraces.

Three zones of riparian vegetation line the Paria River, a year-round stream. Aquatic plants such as cattail, sedge, reed, rushes, and horsetail grow close to the stream. Seedlings of cottonwood, willow, and ash also sprout in this zone. Farther from the river, ash, cottonwood, willow, and tamarisk saplings have gained a foothold. And on the wooded terraces up away from the river, in a transition zone between desert and riparian habitat, tall, sturdy trees provide shelter and shade for wildlife and hikers. This trail guide covers an area with 55.7 miles of trails."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Page
Distance: 55.7
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Difficult
Trailhead Elevation: 3,200 feet
Top Elevation: 7,300 feet
Local Contacts: National Park Service, BLM, and Arizona Strip Field Office
Local Maps: USGS Pine Hollow Canyon, West Clark Bench, and Bridger Point, Utah; Wrather Arch, Water Pockets, Ferry Swale, Lees Ferry, Arizona
Driving Directions: Directions to Paria Canyon–Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Trails

Recent Trail Reviews

9/6/2005
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Paria Canyon–Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Trails has some of the most beautiful views in the west. trails starting at the Lonesome Dell in Less's Ferry @ Glen Canyon National Preserve are very well marked and introduce travelers to abondoned buildings, mines, and petroglyphs along the canyon wall, be prepared part of the trail takes one through the Paria river so be prepared to get wet. Review by Bill Kettler



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May 2018