Buckskin Gulch is a long slot canyon tributary to Paria Canyon. It is managed as wilderness and regarded as one of the world's best hiking destinations.

Together with Paria, a number of hiking options esist here, with one route stretching for some 38 miles, from trailheads near the Utah/Arizona border down to Lees Ferry on the Colorado River. There is no trail-you simply hike down the canyon, which is so narrow you can touch both walls in some spots. Towering sheer cliffs rise above you. For mile after mile, there is no escape from the canyon other than hiking to its end. That makes it an extremely dangerous place should a flash flood occur. Hikers must gauge weather conditions carefully before entering.

Paria means "muddy water" in the Paiute Indian language. Hikers must wade through the muddy waters of the wild and twisting canyon. One hiker counted approximately 300 river crossings. Boulders and other obstacles increase the challenge.

Permits are required to hike or backpack here. This website has more information.

Visit the old Paria movie set and ghost town north of the wilderness area. Petroglyphs and campsites show that Pueblo Indians traveled the Paria more than 700 years ago. Please do not touch the petroglyphs and take only pictures and memories from these sites. If you plan on hiking the canyons, be aware that permits may be required. All visitors need to take special care to minimize impact on this canyon.

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