Paria Canyon is home to the longest canyon in the world - Buckskin Gulch. Our 3 day trip is the perfect way to travel in much of the slot canyon without having to spend too much time away from civilization - as if that's a bad thing. The itinerary below is the simpler of two options - an out and back from White House Ruin or a one way through Wire Pass and out White House Ruin. The latter is a much more challenging option (wet, cold, little sun, prone to flash flood and narrow) but worth it if you are ready and willing. Either way, Buckskin Gulch pictures will get you all the Instagram likes your heart desires, and memories to last lifetime. If you are interested in the Wire Pass option, please contact us at 480-857-2477 for details and cost.
After our drive up to Southern Utah, we begin our 7 mile hike from the White House Ruin at the upper end of Paria Canyon, into the Paria Narrows and to the confluence of Buckskin Gulch and Paria Canyon. The first few miles are usually dry, but expect to be walking through Paria River the majority of the day. Once we get to camp, we will get dry and take in the unique surroundings. Here is where we camp for two nights.
Today take a break from the backpacks and explore Buckskin Gulch and other areas in Paria Canyon. We will hike up Buckskin as far as we can through the deepest part of this canyon. There are points at which you can touch both walls of the gulch. The group will then hike further down the twisting Paria Narrows through 400 foot tall red sandstone cliffs and clear flowing springs.
After breakfast, we pack up and hike out the same way we came in - this time up stream! But the overall elevation isn't so bad - just a few hundred feet. And just because we are hiking the same 7 miles as we did on day one, don't think the scenery is the same because it isn't. We guarantee you will see at least 2 things you didn't notice on first passing. Once at the vehicle, we get out of our wet gear again and drive back to the hotel in Scottsdale.
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If you are looking for a hiking challenge on this trip you will be disappointed. Hold on, this is a good review! The challenge is to keep your jaw from dropping every time you turn the next corner. This hike is great for the first time backpacker because you can really focus on the beauty of the canyon. You literally cannot take a bad photo! Equipment and food from JRI are great; nights were cool so the warmth of a good sleeping bag was a priority for me. But the best part of the trip was our guide, Kyle "Superman" Sherman (borrowed that from Howard!) and the camaraderie with the other guests. This is my second trek with Just Roughin' It and I'm finding that backpackers are the most interesting & funny. Kyle was attentive to his guests needs, full of info and just an overall great guy with a level of maturity that was refreshing. Loved the "thanksgiving dinner" the night before the actual Canadian Thanksgiving day. BTW the chicken and squirrel were some interesting stalkers on our trip. From the first phone call with Sabrina to book the trip to the drop off back at the Fairfield on the last day, all the planning was thought out without any effort on my part except to get my butt to Arizona and enjoy the hike. And yes, Sabrina, Buckskin Gulch was magical! JRI has great employees and I guess I'm just a little spoiled because I feel like I have met the best. Thanks Tom, Wayne, Howard and Claudia for the laughs and company! (P.S. Happy Birthday, Kyle!)
Great trip. I liked the backpacking and then doing day hikes from camp. Guide was outstanding. Answered every question. Every aspect from booking through the trip was outstanding. Everyone in our group bonded and enjoyed all aspects. Thank You
Trip Cost Per Person
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- 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 ($25-$35 per person per day is recommended).
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