Buckskin Gulch

From: $199

Difficulty: Depends on Distance

Buckskin Gulch is the world's longest slot canyon and features many miles of tight, twisty narrows with legion photo opportunities. Buckskin Gulch empties into the towering walls of the spectacular Paria River Canyon. There are many ways to hike the gulch (see the tabs for more info). The most common method is to enter via Wire Pass and do an out-and-back. Wire Pass also features nice narrows and petroglpyhs! If you want to hike the entire thing, it's a strenuous 20-miles and requires all-day effort. Although the canyon is non-technical, it does require a little scrambling. Depending on rainfall, water and mud may also be present. Buckskin Gulch is best for photography during the months of March through Oct. We won't be able to do this trip if significant rain is in the forecast due to flash flood risk. If this occurs, an we'll choose an alternate destination. Please Contact Us with any questions.

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  • This trip departs out of Kanab, UT. If you’re coming from Page, AZ, contact us to arrange a meet-up just off the highway.
  • Any clients that book this trip need to be in excellent physical condition. Even the out-and-back hike from Wire Pass is difficult with some scrambling required.
  • Hiking the entire gulch is only recommended for very fit individuals. It’s a 20-mile all-day effort and we’ll have to be quick with any photo stops.
  • The hiking surface depends on amount of rainfall. If it’s been dry, it will be much easier with little to no water or mud. During wetter periods, the water can be up to chest-deep for short sections.
  • This is a non-technical canyon, although there are a couple spots with mild scrambling.
  • Another option for a shorter trip is to enter/exit at White House Trailhead. This hike is around 15 miles and you would still get to see some great narrows in Buckskin Gulch.
  • Make sure you bring footwear you don’t mind getting wet. Old tennis shoes with neoprene socks work the best. Sandals are not advised since they fill up quickly with rocks and debris.
  • We will bring a water filter to replenish water supplies at the confluence.
  • If doing the full hike, we start at Wire Pass Trailhead and end at White House Trailhead. Clients will need to bring their own vehicle for a shuttle if possible. If not, the clients will need to pay for a commercial shuttle operator.
  • Price includes vehicle transportation to/from Kanab and all photography guiding & instruction throughout the day.
  • The best light for the canyon is at midday. We’ll leave as early in the morning as we can to ensure we get out before dark.
  • If you are interested in a more relaxed overnight trip (camping at the confluence), that can be arranged provided there are permits available. Contact us for more details.
  • $199/person for a full-day trip (8-9 hours) beginning and ending in Kanab, UT.
  • Minimum group size is 3 for the $199/person rate. For group sizes smaller than 3, the private tour rate of $500 applies (1-2 people). When desired, we often combine groups to help meet the minimum.
  • A 25% deposit is required to secure your reservation. Full trip payment is due prior to departure. You can pay via credit card or with cash on the day of the trip.
  • Fully outfitted overnight camping trips can also be arranged. Contact us for details.
  • If a shuttle is required for doing the full through-hike, clients are responsible for any shuttle related expenses.
  • Please see our Terms & Conditions for more detailed information.