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White House Ruin to Lees Ferry


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White House Ruin to Lees Ferry


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.

Day 1

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.

Day 2

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.

Day 3-5

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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I did this trip in May 2017. I was a solo hiker joining a group of just 2 others plus our guide Stefan. The orientation on the preceding day went smoothly. We were set up with properly sized backpacks, tents, treking poles and sleeping bags.
The longish drive from North Scottsdale to the White House Ruin trailhead was comfortable with some timely stops.
The hike itself was fantastic! We had very comfortable temperatures for the first 3 days, in fact, the third day had some rain and cooler temperatures. The last two days were much warmer. Stefan took very good care of us, helping with tent setups plus making and carrying all of the food. The meals were somewhat carb heavy, but very tasty and there was always enough for all 4 of us. The canyon itself was beautiful and the campsites were all great. We saw and met other people but they were few and far between.
I highly recommend this hike. I am also looking forward to booking another hike with Justroughinit.

Tim Cogen



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!

Brigitte Rosson



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.

Bonnie L.



Trip Cost Per Person
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5 Day

What's included?

  • 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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Travel Insurance is underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company, NAIC #22276. 11.17 W20


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