Buckskin Gulch - Paria Canyon Trail

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Buckskin Gulch - Paria Canyon Trail

Buckskin Gulch - Paria Canyon Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Buckskin Gulch is alleged by many veteran hikers to be the longest, narrowest slot canyon in the world. There are many other narrows hikes on the Colorado Plateau, but Buckskin is exceptional because of its length. The Buckskin narrows extend almost uninterrupted for over 12 miles with the width of the canyon seldom exceeding 20 feet. The walk through the dark, narrow canyon is truly a unique hiking experience.

The key consideration in planning a trip through Buckskin Gulch is water. How much water and mud is there in the canyon? And what is the probability that it will rain while you are inside it? The canyon was created by water, and water continues to shape it and change its character. As you walk along the sandy bottom you will continually be confronted with evidence of previous floods. Dozens of logs have been wedged between the canyon walls, and piles of huge boulders have been jammed into narrow constrictions. The characteristics change from year to year. One can never predict what the last flood might have taken away or left behind."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
760 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
12 hours
Spring, summer, fall
4,860 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,860 feet
Top Elevation
Kanab Resource Area, Bureau of Land Management
Local Contacts
Pine Hollow Canyon (USGS), West Clark Bench (USGS), Bridger Point (USGS)
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018