The route through the twisting canyons of the Paria begins in southern Utah near the BLM Paria Canyon Ranger Station and ends at Lees Ferry in northern Arizona, 38 miles away. It's a grand adventure best done over four to six days. Because of the route's length and remoteness, hikers need previous canyon experiencehelp may be days away. Flash flooding is a hazard, most likely in JulySeptember; rangers will warn if a danger exists.
Because the narrowest sections are in the north, backpackers enter here so as to have a recent weather forecast. Most people start at White House Trailhead, two miles down a dirt road from the BLM Paria Canyon Ranger Station. Another option is to enter from the west via the extremely narrow 20-mile-long Buckskin Gulch; obstructions in Buckskin may require use of ropes as conditions change each time it floods. Once you enter Buckskin Gulch you're committed, as climbing out anywhere along its length is nearly impossible. And it's not a place to be if a flash-flood danger exists!
Spring and autumn are the best times to visit the canyons, avoiding the heat and flash floods of summer and the icy waters of winter. You'll be doing a lot of wading, a factor to consider in choosing footwear. For backpack trips, the required permit involves advance planning and a reservation. A permit is also required for day hikes, but can be obtained with self-registration at any of the four trailheads. Check the website for permit requirements or visit the BLM’s Paria Canyon Ranger Station or the office in Kanab.
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Upper trailhead is 43 miles east of Kanab
BLM - Kanab Field Office, 318 North First East
Kanab, Utah 84741
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