Buckskin Gulch
Buckskin Gulch
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Gorgeous canyon whose stone walls shimmer with hundreds of different shades of pink and red: a truly aesthetic experience.
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Lihkin
Los Angeles, CA81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
I did Buckskin Gulch on Jan 10, 2021. I started the hike a little after sunrise and did around 10 miles round trip. They currently have a nice ladder to continue on the trail once you enter the Wire Pass slot canyon. I encountered no water puddles at all - it was completely dry. It was around 20F when I started the hike and I just had a sweater and a light down jacket, which was sufficient (in fact I had to take my jacket off after a while, as I started to feel a little hot). The winter light reflecting off the canyon walls was just gorgeous - and to top it all, I was alone on the hike for the first two hours (until I headed back to the parking lot, when I saw a few folks heading in). Absolutely stunning hike!
Written January 10, 2021
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Sumner & Ali Hobart
Lima, Peru135 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
My wife and I originally tried to get access to the antelope canyon which (as you probably know) is difficult to get in.

So we asked some locals and found out about Buckskin Gulch and decided to give it a try.

It was amazing!

Apparently, Buckskin Gulch is the longest slot canyon in the world and it does feel like it goes on forever.

The views inside are amazing, almost spiritual feeling.

As you hike you'll get to this cave area with ancient carvings of local animals and hand imprints - VERY cool!

Being inside the canyon keeps you fairly cool out of the suns rays.

This was actually our favorite experience from our 1 month stay in St. George!

Full video about our experience on @Hobarts Abroad YouTube & TikTok :)
Written July 4, 2022
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Lydia C
3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Passes are pricey, I was charged $20 for the few hours I was there. The roads were ROUGH and I had to cross a pretty steep creek bed. I made it in my Subaru, but barely.

I went the wire pass way. The trail was pretty wet and the ladder was washed away so we had to walk around. After the “petroglyphs” area we ended up trudging through a foot or two of water and quicksand for a couple miles. Only got about 3.5 miles in before there was a dam and decided it would be too deep.

Not the best, but I love buckskin regardless and highly recommend it as long as you’re prepared!
Written March 6, 2023
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TheRealJTForReal
Hopkinsville, KY523 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Connects to Wire Pass and both are not to be missed if you are in the area. The petroglyphs are amazing and a real connection to the pass. Stay for as long as you can, bring plenty of water and get ready to see some amazing views and grab some awesome photos. Don't miss the petroglyphs....they can be hard to see if you aren't on the look out for them!
Written June 24, 2022
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AllisonCW
Boquete, Panama2,134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples

We hiked the Wire Pass Trailhead and that turns into Buckskin Gulch Trailhead in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah, which is about 1 hour from Page, AZ
There’s another trailhead before Wire Pass that is just the Buckskin Trailhead that you could stop at, park and go in from that direction.

We accessed Buckskin Gulch which is apparently 45 miles along from the Wire Pass Trailhead. Walking through the slot canyons was really beautiful and easy (flat ground although the sand was loose much of the time) and we even saw a rattlesnake who was very friendly if you didn’t bother him or her. There’s even an area with petroglyphs!
Written October 5, 2020
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JJ84084
West Jordan, UT11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Didn't get to see as much as we would have liked due to timing (December) and water in the canyon (cold wet feet are torture). We hiked in from Wire Pass and went both directions to see what we could without getting wet. Planning to go back again.
Written January 28, 2022
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Jane S
Fort Wayne67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
What a beautiful slot canyon! The walk to the canyon is not bad at all - it's a beautiful walk in sand, but not deep energy sapping sand. Going left was a a short walk before running into water that we were unwilling to cross, thinking it would be a long walk back in wet shoes and socks. So we went to the left and absolutely loved it. We walked about a mile down that canyon. It was awesome! We felt bad for the people who went all the way back, walked a short way in to the left, and walked all the way back out. Certainly go left, but also go right. They all missed the best part of the hike!
Written March 18, 2022
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Brian G
Battle Creek, MI6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
With friends coming for a visit, we starting looking for some different trips to make. Wire Pass Trail to Buckskin Gulch looked promising. What an understatement! It was unbelievable. Took some doing to get into the canyon (maneuvering up and down the canyon walls, as the ladder was no longer there). Wonderful photos, not crowded, walk at your pace. Buckskin Gulch opens into two directions, we chose to go to the right. Could have spent all day there, as every turn was another amazing view. About a 9 mile bumpy dirt road to get to the parking lot. We had a Honda CR-V with no problem. Get your daily pass on line before you go. $6 each person. Watch the weather forecast, and be ready for a wonderful experience
Written October 24, 2023
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL8,761 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018
Buckskin Gulch, a canyon in southern Utah and one of the main tributaries of the Paria River, which is a minor tributary of the Colorado River, is the longest and deepest slot canyon in the southwest United States--and may be the longest in the world. As such, it is one of the most popular destinations for slot canyon hikers and receives a high volume of foot traffic. So what is a slot canyon? It is a narrow canyon found by the wear of water rushing through rock. It is significantly deeper than it is wide. Some measure less than one meter across the top but drop more than 30 meters to the floor of the canyon. At over 13 miles in length, it is often visited in conjunction with the longer Paria Canyon, although some hikers prefer to make a long day trip out of the hike. With a distance of 20 miles, hiking this canyon in one day is possible. But not for 78-year-old retirees. Wire Pass, a short tributary to the Buckskin, is an ideal alternative for a short day hike that still takes hikers through the narrow, curving features that are the hallmark of slot canyons. Buckskin Gulch is reached via U.S. Highway 89 or U.S. Highway 89A and is approximately halfway between the towns of Kanab, Utah, and Page, Arizona. The dirt road to the Gulch is about two miles west of the ranger station near the bridge over the Paria River, then go 8.4 miles down the dirt road to the jump-off point. For history buffs, there are ancient petroglyphs on the walls where Wire Pass meets Buckskin Gulch. The Wire Pass entrance shares the same trailhead with the equally spectacular Coyote Buttes, home to The Wave, a famous sandstone rock formation. Remember, permits are required by law for both day hiking and overnight backpacking in the Buckskin Gulch/Paria Canyon/Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness area. Buckskin Gulch lies within the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Hiking Buckskin Gulch is extremely challenging. Be prepared with extra clothes to wear for warmth after wading through cold, stagnant pools of water. And the lack of sunlight in the canyon can make it much colder than the surrounding exposed desert. There also are small areas of quicksand and a 15-foot drop off that requires rope. As I noted, this hike isn't for novices. Slot canyons are particularly dangerous due to flash floods. If there is even a slight chance of rain, don't enter Buckskin Gulch or any other slot canyon.
Written October 23, 2018
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Nancy W
Charleston, SC33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Solo
If you want to hike a slot canyon, this is the one to do. It's the longest one in the Southwest and for some reason is more of a hidden secret than others are. Antelope Canyon is well known and therefore full of hordes of people. Skip it and go here. So peaceful and what an incredible walk. I did 8.5 miles and could have easily gone farther if I'd had a little more time. The drive to the hike is not the most fun. After exiting the highway you go about 30 minutes or so on a very bumpy gravel/dirt road that had clearly been damaged by the weather. I was in a small rental car and had to drive super slow for fear of getting a flat tire from one of the potholes. I started from the Wire Pass trailhead, which has restrooms but no water. You have to pay for a $6 day pass. The 1+ mile to the canyon is HOT because it is in full sun. Not an ounce of shade. You need to take plenty of water and make sure that you have enough water to endure that sweltering last mile on your way back to the car (especially since there is no water refill awaiting you at the trailhead). When I left my car to start the hike it was 81 degrees and when I got back 2 hours later it was 111. After going through the comfortable and cool canyon, that last stretch can seem unbearably sweltering, so you need to be prepared for that. When I was there, the mud was totally dried up and I didn't have to walk through a single drop of water, but I think that is rare. You should be prepared to walk through water up to your waist or higher. Also be prepared for changing surfaces - soft dune-like sand, packed dirt, or very rocky. There is no noticeable elevation change. There was one section where you had to get up and down a drop-off of about 8 feet (there were rocks and tree limbs to climb on). You should be fine if you're with a partner or if you are a fit solo hiker. I had no problem traversing it alone. Overall a really cool and beautiful hike, and I highly recommend it.
Written July 14, 2018
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