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Gorgeous canyon whose stone walls shimmer with hundreds of different shades of pink and red: a truly aesthetic experience.
Kanab, UT
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All reviews beautiful hike wire pass trail head slot canyon waist deep water dirt road paria river day hike tree limbs high canyon walls foot drop entire length narrow canyon lots of water long hike turned around great alternative
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Since the previous poster (January 5th is the date of my trip) the trail hardened up to the point frozen water covered the trail at about just under an inch thick around 2 miles in. Using some logs I found on the trial I was...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank bwca3715
Reviewed December 17, 2018

We visited Buckskin Gulch via Wire Pass Trail. We couldn't see very much of it because it had rained, and the gulch was pretty muddy. However, we would still recommend visiting here. There are some cool petroglyphs on the right wall right after you come...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 19, 2018

This place is awesome. Check it out. I went from Wire pass and camped out there. you can get a daily permit at the trailhead but need to enter the lottery for overnight ones. Canyon narrows to 3 feet and climbs to 50 feet. Way...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank CBAndrewB
Reviewed October 23, 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....More

Date of experience: October 2018
5  Thank Taylor B
Reviewed October 3, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I have hiked slot canyons before, but none so large as this one. We were short on time, could only hike from 9:30-5 to make it to our next destination, but what we saw in that amount of time was so cool....More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile

This is one of the best hike we’ve ever did. The rock color is so amazing unlike anything we’ve ever seen. It’s so amazing how Mother Nature formed these. It started of on dry land and eventually wading in sometimes waist deep or higher water....More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Tina C
Reviewed July 13, 2018

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...More

Date of experience: July 2018
7  Thank Nancy W
Reviewed July 8, 2018 via mobile

Buckskin Gluch hike is about 24 Miles long. My family and I only did 11.7, and it’s my first time I’ve been on a hike that long. Anyone that’s never hiked before can do it. Things I do recommend is going with someone who’s familiar...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank carmenmgarcia92
Reviewed July 1, 2018

I shouldn't share the secret, it's too easy. On a hot day, bring tons of water. It's really hot there and back. inside the canyon it's lovely. Petroglyphs on the walls of the canyon about 1 mile in are also cool to see.

Date of experience: June 2018
3  Thank MaudraS
Reviewed June 25, 2018

We had a wonderful time hiking this slot canyon. It was amazing and beautiful. We took a bunch of pictures and had fun. We went to the amphitheater and then came back.(In the beginning of the hike we turned right when we came out of...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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October 11, 2018|
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Response from adnahsl | Reviewed this property |
We didn’t take a map, but we did look at the routes beforehand. We started at WirePass trailhead. It was pretty straightforward to the Wirepass narrows. You just follow the wash the entire way to the narrows. And it’s pretty... More
September 17, 2018|
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Response from Gleason L | Reviewed this property |
YES, if the road is dry, and you are careful. If there has been a lot of rain in the last week there may be some mud issues. Typically the road is well maintained. Contact the National Forest Ranger Station/Information... More
April 15, 2018|
Response from slorin721 | Reviewed this property |
I think it would depend on how much rain comes in before you go. The farther in you go the more likely you'll encounter water but reading recent reviews it seems that there is some standing water you'll encounter, even if... More
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Buckskin Gulch and The wave in one day? (4 Replies)
We will be in Kanab in the end of April. Is it possible to see the Wave an part of Buckskin Gulch in one day? If not, which one should we choose? thanks
January 02, 2008|
Response fromEricAvil|
Thanks for the response. i guess we will plan on hiking buckskin for sure. We will go early and try to get the permit to see the Wave. Do you know how early we should get there? I was going to drive over from Zion but perhaps we should camp ovethere somewhere close to increase the dds of getting the permit. Eric
Piscataway, New Jersey
Are Guides Needed for Hikes? (10 Replies)
Hi. We are beginner hikers and are not familiar with Utah at all. Is a guide really needed/recommended when hiking through Buckskin Gulch and the South Coyote Butte?
September 24, 2012|
Response fromJFRCalifornia|
Can't speak to South Coyote Bute (never been there), but Buckskin Gulch really requires no guide. The main issue is making sure you find the parking lot at the Wire Pass trailhead, which is 5 miles down a dirt road (Houserock Valley Road) from HIghway 89. From there, the trail is straightforward, and mostly in a narrow canyon. There is only one way to go through Wire Pass. Once you hit the confluence with Buckskin Gulch (where the canyon opens up a bit, after about a mile), just hang a right...More
Carlos T
Chicago, Illinois
The Wave and what else ? I need feedback. (14 Replies)
Hi, I am going to hike The Wave in July (I know all about it), but I will be in the area 3 days, so I have 2 extra das for hiking and I need feedback on what else to do. I have already hiked Zion (Observation Pt, Angels Landing, Narrows), Buckskin Gulch (wirepass to Middle Exit and back, spectacular), and a bit of Bryce (fairyland loop, Queens Garden). (1) I am thinking maybe a loop of Willis Creek and Bull Valley Gorge ? (2) I was thinking maybe do Buckskin from whitehouse to the...More
June 19, 2014|
Response fromJFRCalifornia|
Just hiked Cathedral Wash last week. Very pretty, actually turns into a fairly narrow canyon in its short distance between the road and river, and some minor scrambling is required. Not a long hike--can be done in 2-3 hours round trip pretty leisurely, but it's much better than you'd expect considering its location right off the road near Less Ferry. It's reminiscent of the hikes in many of the side canyons along Lake Powell, and ends up at the river, where you can bring a lunch. You could...More