Paria Canyon

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A thru hike of Paria Canyon will take you between 3-5 days and is commonly regarded as one of the best backpacking routes in the southwest.  When combined with Buckskin Gulch ,a major tributary, this turns this route into a true epic at 44 miles.  This can also be approached via the White House Trailhead which simply drops you into Paria Canyon near highway 89 and brings the route down to 38 miles.  Permits are difficult to get sometimes during the peak season, spring and summer, and is a testament to the beauty of this route.  Paria Canyon is often considered to have some of the tallest vertical walls in the southwest and again, this is true.  In certain spots the walls rise sheer above you over 2,000 feet.  Camp sites are plentiful and gorgeous along the way, and freshwater is available by a number of springs that are sporadically spaced thruought the canyon.   Before you go it is important to know where these water sources are, since drinking out of the river itself is not an option due to its extremely high mineral and silt content.  I would recommend as much time as you can spare since you really cannot spend too much time exploring this place.  Plenty of side hikes, including a must see diversion to Wrather arch, make this one of the best routes listed on this website.  Bring good company, some whiskey, great food, a musical instrument or two and you have the makings for one hell of a time.

->Paria Canyon – March 21, 2007 <-

-> Paria Canyon –  March 18, 2008 <-

-> Paria Canyon – March 18, 2009 <-

***THIS MAP IS A ROUGH ESTIMATE OF THE ROUTE AND IS INTENDED ONLY FOR REFERENCE***


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