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Paria Canyon is famous for colorful slot canyons, which cross Northern Arizona and Southern Utah. They are among the longest and deepest in the world. We take you trekking through these narrow gorges and around rare rock formations found only in this region. We'll also pass through some slot canyons that are so narrow; you can touch both sides with your arms spread out!
This adventure is for beginning and experienced backpackers alike, but be ready to have wet feet for a good portion of your trip. Advanced permits are required and only 30 people are allowed to stay overnight in the entire canyon per day, so the area remains relatively unspoiled by humans. It's a real "Roughin’ it" adventure. There are no designated trails on this tour- you just head straight into the canyon. We will also make our way up Buckskin Gulch for some real slot canyon adventure! We will hike up to 10 miles (16.1 km) each day and will be on the trail up to 6 hours before setting up camp each night. Also, we will be hiking much of this trip through Paria River, so be ready to get wet!
*Route Variation - Our specific hiking route and campsites on each departure are dependent upon permit availability.
Please note - we do not offer trips to the Wave nor are we able to get permits or provide advice on the best way to get a permit.
Hope you’re ready for the adventure of a lifetime! We’re off to the White House Ruins trailhead. Upon arrival, we hike along the Paria River. We meander through the canyon, allowing the massive red walls to swallow us down its one-way track. Our goal on the first day is to reach the Paria Narrows and camp at the confluence of Buckskin Gulch and Paria River. The hike is 7.5 miles (12.1 km) with very little change in elevation and usually takes about 4 to 5 hours.
The next day we will set aside time for a 3-mile side hike up the narrow Buckskin Gulch, one of the most famous, and longest, slot canyons in the world. From here we will move further down river to one of several campsites to choose from.
Over the next three days the itinerary is open- except for our exit at Lee's Ferry on the last day by 11:00 AM to meet our shuttle. Along the way to Lee's Ferry, there are opportunities to explore the sites in the area, including petroglyphs, historical sites and Wrather Arch which is one of the largest arch spans in the world.
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We thoroughly enjoyed the Paria Canyon trip. I felt bad for Jayci because my husband gets nervous and whined for two whole days about everything. Thankfully by the 3rd day he relaxed. Jayci tolerated him well and was a great guide. I could tell he thoroughly enjoyed being outdoors. The food was good, my husband did complain about having too many snacks to carry!!!! I thought it was nice to have a variety of snacks to choose from. Overall it was a great experience. I now have falling in quicksand off my bucket list, not that it was ever on. I also enjoyed not feeling rushed, looking at all my pictures I realized why I am so slow at hiking, I am shorter than everyone else!! Hopefully we are in good health next year to come again, I've been looking at the site already and I will book with you again.
This trip was amazing and despite not being able to make it through the narrows, we had an exceptional time. The water level was the highest it has been in the last 25 years and we discovered once we reached the beginning of the narrows, we would have to swim through 8 feet of water with our packs if we wanted to make it through. Our awesome guides, Zack and Reza found us a place to camp out for the night while they contacted the owner of just roughin it to find out how we would continue the rest of our five day hike. The decision was made that we should hike out the next morning and arrangements were made by Debbie and her husband (the owners) for a shuttle to pick us up and we were rerouted to our exit point, lees ferry to attempt our hike from the opposite direction. While we were never able to reach the narrows, we had an amazing time and saw lots of beauty. The canyon is amazing! Our guide Zack was the best and was very attentive to our needs and attempted to show us as much as he could of the canyon. Our other guide Reza (we had two guides since we were a group of nine) was equally amazing and even did yoga with us every morning to stretch out our aching muscles. The food was really good and a lot better than we expected. Be prepared to be wet and muddy most of this trip though and be prepared with the right shoes. We discovered that keens were definitely not the right choice for this trip and was glad I brought an extra pair of breathable salomon tennis shoes that were perfect for this hike. If you take keens, make sure they have the mesh on the sides or you will constantly be stopping to take out rocks and pebbles from your shoes. Amazing trip, amazing time, amazing guides, amazing company. We are already planning our next trip!
Trip Cost Per Person
- Round trip transportation from Fairfield Inn Scottsdale North (Phoenix area).
- All permits, fees and taxes.
- All food while on the trail prepared on the trail by your guide.
- Double occupancy tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, backpack, trekking poles. A single tent is available for an additional $50.
- An unforgettable experience!
Our prices do not include guide gratuity (15% to 20% of the tour price is recommended).
Booking and Cancellation Policies
A deposit of 50% of the total trip price is due upon the booking of a trip. The balance is due no later than 60 days before the date of departure and will be charged to the card on file unless otherwise specified. If you decide to cancel your trip for any reason, the following fees apply and are due to Just Roughin' It at the time (prior to departure) we receive written notice of your cancellation.
91 or more days $0
61 to 90 days 25% of trip cost
31 to 60 days 50% of trip cost
0 to 30 days 100% of trip cost
We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance to cover any and all monies paid out for your trip. Travel insurance companies will cover all your non-refundable fees and have several packages and different price levels depending on how much coverage you need.
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