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There’s No Attraction In The World Quite Like This One In Utah

Utah has so many incredible attractions, but Buckskin Gulch is truly incomparable. It’s one of the longest, deepest slot canyons in the world, and can be very dangerous, but it’s also incredibly gorgeous.

Buckskin Gulch stretches more than 13 miles. Combined with the adjoining Paria Canyon, the entire hike is about 20 miles long. Most people hike both over two days, camping along the way. For a shorter day hike, take the Wire Pass Trailhead for a shortcut to Buckskin Gulch that will still provide you with some stunning views of the most beautiful places in the canyon.

You’ll find Buckskin Gulch halfway between Kanab, Utah and Page, Arizona. The full hike is very challenging and requires some scrambling and rope navigation. Flash flooding is a very real, and extremely dangerous occurrence, especially during spring and summer months. Weather inside the canyon can be very chilly, and you’ll be getting wet, so make sure to bring plenty of warm clothing and pack it in dry sacks. Fires are not allowed in the canyon.

To hike Buckskin Gulch, you’ll need a permit issued by the Bureau of Land Management. Day use permits are available at drop boxes at the trailheads. For overnight permits, visit the website to obtain them online.

Buckskin Gulch is gorgeous, but it isn’t for everyone. For some easier hikes, check out this article!

Catherine Rees
Catherine is a lifelong resident of Utah. She's a writer, researcher and observer of the human condition.