The Wave (favorite) | Coyote Buttes North | To prevent overuse, only 20 hikers are allowed to hike here each day. All permits ($7) must be purchased in advance. Ten permits can be obtained via an online lottery. Ten walk-in permits are available 24 hours in advance via lottery at Paria Contact Station (Kanab Field Office in winter). Successful applicants will be given detailed instructions & maps to reach the Wave. Additional information on the permit process is available at the following web address: | www. blm gov/az/ st/ en/ arolrsmain/ paria/ coyote_buttes/permits. html
Wire Pass (favorite) | Coyote Buttes North | Don’t forget to take a stroll down Wire Pass (1.7 miles, one-way) when visiting the Wave. It’s the most scenic entry point to Buckskin Gulch. Wire Pass Trailhead is located 8.3 miles down House Rock Valley Road (washboard, dirt, inaccessible after rain). House Rock Valley Road is accessed from US-89 (between mile markers 25 and 26). A permit is required ($6).
Buckskin Gulch (favorite) | One of the longest (13+ miles, one-way) and deepest slot canyons in the world is also one of the best hiking trails in the United States. Wire Pass is the most popular (and beautiful) access point. Buckskin Gulch continues into Paria Canyon. A permit is required ($6).
Paria Canyon | Paria Canyon can be accessed via Buckskin Gulch or from White House Trailhead (near Paria Contact Station). The trail follows the canyon and Paria River to Lee’s Ferry Trailhead at the Colorado River just southwest of Page, AZ and Lake Powell. A permit is required ($6).
These hikes are fantastic, but not without danger. Using a shuttle or two cars is a good idea (if not necessary). Pack plenty of water. Wear water shoes. Check the weather forecast (flash floods are a significant problemin 2010 the area experienced multiple floods that removed high water campsites, added obstructions, and changed the river bed). Most importantly talk to a ranger about trail conditions when you obtain your permit ($6).
Day hike permits for Buckskin Gulch, Paria Canyon, and Wire Pass can be purchased at self-pay stations at each trailhead.
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