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Antelope Canyon, Page
Buckskin Gulch, Paria Canyon
Canyon de Chelly, Chinle

Buckskin Gulch, Paria Canyon

Hike: The trailheads of Buckskin Gulch and Wire Pass, both access the 16-mile long Buckskin Gulch (a tributary of Paria that joins the main canyon at the Narrows). In places Buckskin Gulch is even more narrow than Paria, with logjams and deep pools that must be negotiated. A relentless stretch of Navajo sandstone that  towers over you with complex sculpted shapes while confining you to spaces as tight as three feet wide.
Add to the mix some large boulders, some pools, some mud, some quicksand, rattlesnakes and the deadly threat of flash floods, and you have Buckskin Gulch.
Drive: From Page, take US Highway 89 about 30 miles to the Paria Ranger Station. Drive 2 miles south on a gravel road to the White House trailhead. The hike ends at Lee's Ferry (off US Highway 89A, just north of the marble Canyon bridge).  Access to Buckskin Gulch and Wire Pass trailheads is on House Rock Valley Road north of US Highway 89A.
Remarks: Buckskin Gulch is NOT the place to be if there is a threat of rain.  It can be sunny in the canyon and you can still experience a flash flood from rain that falls 50 miles away. In the event of rain the trip will be cancelled.
Links: Paria Canyon--Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness offered by the BLM
Paria Canyon Wilderness Area, Arizona/Utah
American West Travelogue - Paria Wilderness
Contact: BLM in Kanab, (435) 644-2672; Paria info line, (435) 688-3200
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Canyon de Chelly

Links: Canyon de Chelly by DesertUSA
National Park Service - Canyon de Chelly
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updated July 30, 2011