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Utah Slot Canyons – Paria /Buckskin Gulch

May 21 May 25

Paria Canyon is located in the Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness on the border of Arizona & Utah and is the longest slot canyon (canyons with narrow widths) in the world and is streaked with desert varnish, sandstone walls, and huge rock amphitheaters.

Trip Details

Trip Type: 5 Day Guided Backpacking Trip

Trail Section: Paria Canyon/Buckskin Gulch via Whitehouse Trailhead

Highlights:

  • Adventure through the “Longest Slot Canyon In The World”
  • Hiking miles in the Paria Canyon Narrows 
  • Massive Sandstone Arches 
  • Day Hike to Abandoned Meander 
  • Solitude in a world class location

When: May 21st – May 25th 2024

Trip difficulty: ★★★ (must have prior experience) Message us with questions

Mileage: 30 – 35 miles total trip miles

Group Size: 8 guests –  2 guides

Cost: $1700

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Meet at the Whitehouse Trailhead near Page, AZ

We will be camping at the White House Campground at the Whitehouse Trailhead. The day will include going over food and gear with a guide and we’ll have dinner with the crew. 

Day 2

Section: Whitehouse Trailhead to the Basecamp which will be at the Confluence

*The confluence is where the Paria river meets the Buckskin Gulch

Hiking Distance: 7 miles

Highlights: Pack up and hit the Paria river heading south into the sun which makes for amazing pictures of the beautiful Paria Narrows. The red sandstone walls are breathtaking! We will spend most of the day in the narrows and set up basecamp near the confluence. 

Day 3

Section: Day hike to Abandoned Meander 

Hiking Distance: 10 miles

Highlights: This is a slackpacking day so we will only bring what we need for the day. We will hike to the abandoned meander which is a special side trip to an ancient dried river bed. Let’s see if we can find any fossils! During our hike we will be showing the hikers how to find a spring water sources, meaning a spring coming from the rock. It’s a great skill and the water is soooo good. 

Day 4

Section: Basecamp up Buckskin Gulch

Hiking Distance: 10 miles 

Highlights: Let’s play in Buckskin Gulch all day!!! 

Buckskin Gulch is a very narrow gorge 100 to 200 feet deep, flanked by vaulting convoluted walls of Navajo Sandstone. The canyon gets just a few feet wide in many places. We will have a ton of photo opportunities and time to absorb all of the beauty.

Day 5

Section: Basecamp to Whitehouse Trailhead

Hiking Distance: 7 miles

Highlights: We pack up and head back up the Paria Canyon narrows seeing it in a whole different light. We hit the latrines and celebrate our accomplishment. 

What’s Included

  • One night stay at the Whitehouse campground
  • Personalized one on one call with a lead guide
  • Group prep call via zoom
  • Private Facebook page for support from the guides and FUN!
  • Wagbags for human waste
  • Technical equipment for the rock scrambling in Buckskin Gulch
  • Two professional, knowledgeable, backcountry guides who are Certified Wilderness First Responders
  • National Forest use fees and permits
  • Emergency equipment including a medical kit and satellite device

What’s Not Included –

  • Travel to and from Whitehouse Trailhead
  • Airfare
  • Accommodations before and after trip
  • Backpacking equipment
  • Backpacking meals
  • Guide gratuity – Tipping is optional but customary. (Industry recommends 10-20% of trip cost)

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Terms and Conditions:

“Trips are subject to itinerary changes based on a variety of circumstances beyond our control, including, but not limited to permit or campsite availability, snowpack, river crossings, wildlife, park or land closures, and forest fires. The price of a hiking trip will never change due to itinerary changes. Payments are not refundable for itinerary changes or park or land closures. If a trip is cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control and no alternate itinerary is available a trip credit will be issued equal to the full amount paid minus any nonrefundable expenses incurred by the Company.”

Details

Start:
May 21
End:
May 25