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I loved Paria River Canyon. It was one of the best places we visited in Utah. The drive there was... read more

Reviewed June 6, 2018
Bayside, New York
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Prettiest Rock Walls in the GSENM

It is not hard to drive to Paria from US89. The Paria River usually flows they tell me. Ask Locals... read more

Reviewed June 5, 2018
Steve N
Pierson, Florida
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The Paria River has cut deep into the soft sandstone, hundreds of feet deep, and the walls of the canyon are striated in bands of pink and red and ocher and copper and gold, smoothed by water into intricate rippled patterns and glazed by the sun.
Kanab, UT
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Reviewed June 6, 2018 via mobile

I loved Paria River Canyon. It was one of the best places we visited in Utah. The drive there was so scenic and took my breath away when we got out at the overlook. We parked our car and hiked. I enjoyed this so much....More

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Reviewed June 5, 2018

It is not hard to drive to Paria from US89. The Paria River usually flows they tell me. Ask Locals how to get to the reconstructed ghost town. We couldn't find it. Didn't matter much as we took 1000's of pictures.

Thank Steve N
Reviewed May 18, 2018

Friends took us to this area and I was blown away! Just make sure you have a truck or 4-wheel drive vehicle if you go further into it. Don't think a sedan would make it.

2  Thank 19sam53
Reviewed April 8, 2018

We have a Honda Odyssey so we did not expect to get down this road for more than a mile Turns out, it was a great road for 4.6 miles ! So we got to see the painted cliffs and they were amazing. Did not...More

3  Thank Lastrick
Reviewed March 21, 2018

I came across a little notice of this and thought it'd be a nice little side detour on the way to somewhere else. WOW! You travel down a dirt road that gets a little iffy in places (we had four-wheel drive), but I'd never have...More

6  Thank Teresa E
Reviewed March 14, 2018

beautiful canyon and terrific colours. No old movie set buildings left only an original 1800 century cemetery.

2  Thank Scottishbear
Reviewed March 12, 2018

Sadly the upper road across the Grand Staicase has few places that cars can safely pull over for photographs. But one informed us about an old movie set situated some 5+ miles down an unmade road. In frustration we decided to give it a go....More

4  Thank Glynn E
Reviewed March 9, 2018

What a fantastic exciting drive to the river. Colors in the rocks are amazing. The road is a single road back in and out. We met no traffic so was not an issue. Just breath taking ride in at times as you enter the canyon....More

1  Thank beinsrx
Reviewed March 1, 2018

We rode through Pariah Canyon as part of the Red Rock Ride (horseback). What an incredible experience! Many Westerns were filmed in this area, including 'Death Valley Days' and 'Cowboys and Aliens'. Yes, I'm a Western-loving dorkfish and I blame my dad for that. He...More

1  Thank prmulcahy
Reviewed February 7, 2018

We drove to the location of where the movie set once was. The colors of hills as we descended on the road were awesome. Worth the time and effort. The ground has a interesting hard surface but spongy feel.

4  Thank James A
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Robert S
July 1, 2018|
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Response from Glynn E | Reviewed this property |
We took an unplanned trip in but did have an suv. If you are using a hire car becareful about the conditions imposed on its use on unpavec roads. You can get a fair way in without too much of a problem but stop when the road... More
April 15, 2018|
Response from RRA65 |
Ahh, found my answer! Thanks to those who responded! It's the Paria River Valley Road at mile post 31 from Kanab, north of hiway 89. I can't post the website, but google "grand_staircase_escalante/paria" or "US 89 and the... More
October 9, 2017|
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Response from mike p | Reviewed this property |
We visited the Paria Ghost Town Move Set location. The valley is gorgeous and you do not have to hike to see the colorful rocks. The road is unpaved, uneven dirt. We made it in a rental car with no problem. Probably not a... More