Paria Canyon Backpacking Guide

Paria Canyon Backpacking Guide

In April, I spent four days backpacking through the crazy impressive and winding Paria River Canyon. Located on the Utah/Arizona border in the Paria Canyon/Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness, backpacking Paria Canyon involves 38 miles of hiking down the meandering riverbed in between two enormous walls of Navajo sandstone. The landscape and hiking is much like the Zion Narrows, but what makes this hike different is how remote and isolated it is out there. Over the course of 4 days, we only saw one other pair of hikers going the opposite direction, meaning that the BLM’s permit process is working well to keep this place wild. Last week, I posted all of my Paria Canyon pictures, and in this Paria Canyon Backpacking Guide I share everything you need to know to plan your own backpacking trip.

Important Reminder: As it goes in all of the destinations we share, please practice good trail etiquette and remember to Leave No Trace. This means packing out all of your garbage, being respectful to others on busy trails, and following the established rules. You are also required to pack out all of your toilet paper and poop in Wag Bags provided by the ranger station on this hike. 

Paria Canyon Basics

While there are three different starting trailheads for Paria Canyon, most people choose to do a one-way hike from the White House Trailhead near the Paria Contact Station to Lee’s Ferry. This route is 38 miles long and gradually loses 1,130 feet in elevation over the course of the trip. The trail is very easy to follow, as a majority of the hiking is done in the riverbed.

We did it in 4 days/3 nights and found the pace to be just right. We had plenty of time to chill at camp and even got to sleep in a bit, but we still covered enough distance each day that it was challenging and we were tired at night. The ranger told us that some people hike it in 3 days/2 nights. If that is all the time you have, then it is doable, but be prepared for long days. Hiking in the river is surprisingly slow, especially if water levels are high.

Paria Canyon Narrows Camping Guide

The Route

You can see from the map below that there are two alternative trailheads – Buckskin Gulch and Wire Pass – both narrow slot canyons. In fact, Buckskin Gulch is considered to be one of the longest slot canyons in the world, and I’ve heard nothing but awesome things about hiking it. But for this trip, I chose the White House Trailhead because:

  1. Starting from Buckskin or Wire Pass adds significant distance to the first day, and there is nowhere to camp until you reach the Paria River.
  2. Both Wire Pass and Buckskin are very narrow slot canyons with obstacles and often have deeper water than the Paria Narrows. Traveling through here with a big backpack makes the first day significantly more cumbersome.
  3. From the Whitehouse Trailhead, you still get to travel through the Paria Narrows which you bypass with the other trailheads. While not as constricted as Buckskin Gulch, the walls of the Paria Narrows close in to about 6 feet across at some points, meaning you still get to experience some deep slot canyon hiking.

Paria Canyon Narrows Backpacking Guide

For these reasons, I decided that Buckskin Gulch will have to wait until next time when I can travel light with just a daypack. If you are set on traveling through Buckskin Gulch, starting at Wire Pass provides a slightly shorter route. Alternatively, you can hike from the White House Trailhead, set up camp just below the confluence, and then go on a shorter day hike up Buckskin Gulch from the bottom without your pack.

Click on the map below for a larger version.

Paria Canyon Backpacking Guide Trail Map

Best Time to Hike Paria Canyon

The air temperatures in late spring and early fall are going to be the most comfortable. These are also the most popular times, so you need to plan far in advance to make sure you get a permit through the lottery system. The risk of flash floods is the highest in July, August, and early September. Flash floods in Paria Canyon, particularly in the Narrows, can be very dangerous since there is no high ground in the Narrows. In the days leading up to your trip, be sure to check Paria Canyon weather and if there is a chance of rain, call the Rangers station to seek their advice about whether or not it is safe to hike.

Paria Canyon Permits

Permits are required for both day hiking and overnight trips in Paria Canyon and Buckskin Gulch. Walk-up permits are available for day hiking at the trailheads, but overnight permits must be obtained through the Paria Canyon online permit application system. Overnight permits can also be obtained in person the day of your hike, IF there are any permits available.

The BLM only allows a total of 20 people per day to enter the canyon on overnight permits, and that is across all of the trailheads. An overnight permit is $5 per person per day. Dogs are also allowed for an extra fee of $5 per dog per day.

For overnight permits, the reservation system opens up at 12pm Mountain Time on the 1st of every month, 4 months before the month of your hike. Refer to the BLM’s chart below to determine when you need to apply.

Paria Canyon Backpacking permit lottery calendar

On the permit website, the Paria Canyon permit availability calendar shows you when there is availability. If a date is green, it means there are permits available to enter the canyon on that day, and the number shown indicates the number of spaces (one space = one person) that are available. Red dates mean there are no permits available to start on that day. For the best chance of getting a permit for the busiest spring and fall months, you should plan on being on the website right at noon on the day that permits become available.

Paria Canyon Backpacking Guide

Paria Canyon Campsites

Campsites are spread throughout Paria Canyon and tend to be on sandy benches above the river. The BLM asks that you choose existing campsites that appear to be worn and avoid creating new sites. It was pretty obvious where most of these campsites were, and you can see the three campsites I stayed at marked on the map above. The main thing to take into consideration when camping is the location of the fresh water springs, since the springs are the easiest places to obtain water. Campfires are not allowed at any of the sites.

Our campsites were:

  • Night 1: Just below the confluence of the Paria River and Buckskin Gulch (mile 8)
  • Night 2: Across the river from Wrather Canyon (mile 20.5)
  • Night 3: The next obvious campsite past Bush Head Canyon on the right side of the river, shown below (mile 30)

Paria Canyon Camping Guide

Water Availability in Paria Canyon

Water availability is something to take into account when you are planning your Paria Canyon backpacking itinerary, which might seem strange considering you are hiking down a river. However, the Paria River gets very silty, and a lot of water filters simply can’t handle the grit. Also due to animals that live upstream, it is recommended that if you are going to drink water out of the river that you both filter and purify it to get rid of bacteria and viruses. That means carrying both a filter, such as the Platypus GravityWorks filter, which I have reviewed here, AND a SteriPen or purification tablets.

Luckily there are a couple of reliable fresh water springs that provide a source of clean drinking water. These are seeps where the water flows right out of the cracks in the sides of the canyon walls. Some people will drink straight from these springs, but we since we had a SteriPen, we decided to zap it just to be safe.

Fresh water springs in Paria Canyon

Many of the springs are easy to miss, so it’s important to be on the close look out. Lush vegetation growing out of the canyon walls is a sign that a spring might be present.

Fresh water springs in Paria Canyon

The most reliable springs are marked on the map above and are located at:

  • Mile 12 – Big Springs – on the right side of the river across from a large campsite
  • Mile 22 – Shower Spring – hidden behind some vegetation on the left side across from a large campsite
  • Mile 25 – Last Reliable Spring – on the left side, somewhat hidden among a series of large boulders, across from a large campsite

Camping at sites near these springs is convenient because it means you don’t have to carry water for your meals. You just fill up when you arrive at camp and before you leave in the morning. We chose not to camp at the springs because of how they were spaced out. Instead, when we passed the springs, I filled up with enough water for me to drink, as well as to cook with.  It made for a heavy load, but for us, this made the most sense. If you camp at the last reliable spring at mile 25, for example, this means you have to hike 13 miles on the last day…something we didn’t want to do.

If you do end up having to filter water from the river, you will likely need to let the silt settle in some sort of container before running the water through your filter. Otherwise, there’s a good chance it might get clogged. We did end up filtering from the river on our last night since we camped past the last reliable spring, and my Platypus GravityWorks filter performed well.

It should be noted that you should fill up all of your water bottles at the Last Reliable Springs. Beyond that, the trail has virtually no shade and can be very hot.

Gear for Paria Canyon

I’m in the process of updating some of my backpacking gear and will soon release my 2015 Summer Backpacking Gear Guide. In the meantime, check out my John Muir Trail Gear list for a complete list of all of my backpacking gear. In addition to your normal backpacking essentials, there are a few extra gear considerations for Paria Canyon.

Best Footwear

The Paria River is cold and full of pebbles. For that reason, I would not recommend water sandals. Instead, you want something with a closed-toe and closed-heel. An old pair of comfortable sneakers should do the trick. Then you should pair your shoes with some neoprene socks to keep your footsies warm. I was skeptical about neoprene socks but decided to purchase these NRS Hydroskin neoprene socks before my hike. I found them to be true to size, and they ended up being far superior to soggy cotton or wool socks.

Paria Canyon Backpacking Guide

Dry bags

On my trip the water was never more than knee-deep, but the river can be waist deep after periods of heavy rain. In order to keep you essentials dry, you have a couple of options. First, you can invest in a few lightweight dry bags, such as these Sea to Summit Lightweight Dry Sacks. They come in a variety of sizes, and you pack your sleeping bag, clothing, and electronics inside. Or for a cheaper solution, you could line the inside of your pack with a garbage disposal bag and then pack all of your gear inside of that.

Sea to Summit lightweight dry sacks

Trekking Poles

While most of this hike is flat, trekking poles can help stabilize your footing when crossing the river. I use these ultralight, collapsible carbon fiber trekking poles from REI.

Paria Canyon Backpacking Guide

Water Filtration System and Bottles

I am a huge fan of the Platypus GravityWorks filter system. All you do is fill up the bag and hang it from a tree and let the water flow down through the filter….no pumping required. The filter worked perfectly since the dirty water bag provides a place to hold the water while the silt is settling to the bottom. If the water has a ton of sediment, then I’d recommend pre-filtering it using a bandana so you don’t muck up your filter.

Platypus Gravityworks 2.0 Bottle Kit -2


There are a couple of options for purification. The cheapest, lightest, and easiest are purification tablets. These get the job done, and they’ve also come a long way in regards to taste.  Another more expensive option is the SteriPen. Just swirl the tip of the pen around in your water bottle for a minute, and it kills any viruses that might be present. The only thing about the SteriPen is it works best with wide-mouth water bottles, like a Nalgene, and it also runs on a rechargeable battery. This means you need to charge it up before you leave the house or bring along a small solar panel to charge it in the field.


      SteriPenWater purification tablets

I would recommend carrying a 3-L hydration reservoir, as well as a few extra water bottles.  Having the capacity to carry extra water will provide you more flexibility in where you can camp.  For the reservoir, I recommend this 3-liter Platypus bladder. Just make sure the lid is on tight and test it before you put it in your bag. For the extra bottles, I like the Platypus 1-liter Soft Bottles. I brought along three of these. They weigh practically nothing and can be rolled up when not in use. The only thing about these is you plan to use a SteriPen, it won’t fit through the mouthpiece.

 Paria Canyon Backpacking GuidePlatypus SoftBottle Water Bottle



Because this is a one-way hike, you will need to do a car shuttle so you aren’t stranded when you reach the end. My friend and I met in Page, Arizona, and then I followed him to the trail’s end at Lee’s Ferry to drop his car. Then we stayed the night at a motel in Page and the next morning drove to the White House Trailhead. The White House Trailhead is located two miles down a decent dirt road from the Paria Contact Station where you will pick up your permit. There is fresh drinking water available at the contact station, so make sure to fill up before you head down to the trailhead parking area.

When you pick up your permit, it will come with a parking tag. Make sure to leave this on the dashboard of your car at the White House parking lot. If you prefer to camp the night before you hike, there is also a first-come, first-served campground at the White House Trailhead with a pit toilet, picnic tables, and fire rings. Sites are $5 each.

If you do not have two cars, there are shuttler operators who can help organize your transportation for a fee. Seeking Treasure Adventures and Trails End Shuttle are two examples.

Here are driving directions from the White House Trailhead to Lee’s Ferry.

Other things to know

  • The Paria Contact station will provide each hiker with wag bags that you are required to use to pack our your poop. If you choose to bring a dog, you must also pack out their waste. Please follow Leave No Trace principles to keep this area clean.
  • At mile 20.5, there is an optional 25-minute side trail up Wrather Canyon that leads to Wrather Arch. We didn’t do this, but I’ve heard it’s quite impressive. No camping is allowed up Wrather Canyon.

Paria Canyon was my favorite desert backpacking trip to date, and with the colorful scenery and lack of crowds, Paria Canyon will not disappoint.


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  1. Amazing guide. Thank you for creating and sharing. I love your night photos of your tent under the stars! This looks like a must do hike.

      Thanks Virginia! Glad you enjoyed it and appreciate the compliment about my night photos! Paria is definitely one to add to you list if you are traveling through the area. Thanks again! Kristen

    really enjoyed your trip! Loved the petroglyphs on day 3! A-maz-ing!

      Thanks Kelly! If you have any questions about Paria Canyon, just let me know! -Kristen

    What books/map guides did you use for the trip?

      Hey Celeste – The only map we had was the one I put in the blog post which was provided by the BLM office when we picked up our permit. The trail is very easy to navigate…the only thing you really need to watch out for is the fresh water springs. Before the trip, I also used this Utah hiking book which I really like:

    Inspired to trek this in summer 2016! Question though: what temp-rated sleeping bag did you use for the trip? Could one get away with a 3 season bag or will a 40 + bag be that much more comfortable?

      Hey Alex – For Paria in the summer, it’s going to be hot. I think a three season bag would be ok though…probably not worth investing in a 40 degree bag just for this trip. You can always strip down, unzip, etc. I used this bag on the trip, but it was in April:

      Hope that’s helpful!

    I really enjoyed your blog post on hiking the Paria. I’ve hiked it twice, both times starting at Wire Pass and through the Buckskin. It’s beautiful either way but honestly, you missed the best parts! Buckskin is simply amazing and Wrather Arch is not to be missed. I did the entire 46 miles in 4 days but as you mentioned, it’s slow going even though it’s all downhill. Part of the hike is slippery boulders and there is the ever present quicksand. I averaged just over 1 mph! Next time I’ll take 5 days, 4 nights so I can “smell the roses” a little more.

    One of your commenters asked about maps. I strongly suggest reading Kelsey’s book on the Paria. He’s written multiple books on the area and is the expert.

      Hey Robert – I’ve heard amazing things about Buckskin…I would have loved to do it. And Wrather Arch too. I have a strong feeing I’ll be going back there at some point for round 2…so I’m definitely planning on working these things into my next trip. And thanks for the tips about the map/book! Appreciate the support and if there are ever any topics you’d like to see covered on my blog, feel free to get in touch!

      I have to agree with Robert. I hiked Wire Pass to Big Spring this past summer and Buckskin Gulch was by far the most amazing part. The logs jammed across the slot 20 feet above your head make for some really incredible photos. I have also done Antelope Canyon and I think Buckskin takes the cake for best Slot Canyon. It receives a tiny fraction the number of visitors and the cesspools provide some memorable moments. Definitely try and get back to do this one Kristen! Otherwise, I must say this post was very helpful in terms of resources before my hike. I loved the map you provide and the information regarding water. We brought over a gallon per person for a 3 day hike and this was not quite enough.

        Thanks Jake! I’m definitely planning on getting back there this spring. Thanks for the motivation.

    The Buckskin has no potable water so we carried 5-6 liters each. Then walking from shower spring to Lee’s Ferry was no problem because we had sufficient water. We did try filtering once with clogging success. Even in the hot summer, the deep canyon stays relatively cool. The hike to White House and Lee’s Ferry gets hot though. A 3 season bag would be fine from April-Oct. I visited Coyote Butte and White Pocket last February and the nights were below freezing because our water froze.

    Kristen, I am looking at doing this trip in December but it would be a solo trip and I don’t want to spend $100+ on a shuttle back to my car. Do you think it would be possible to do a round trip similar to what you did? Camp 1 and Camp 2 and then back to White House trailhead or something similar?

      You could do that, but you’d be missing out on some of the scenery. And the first 4 or so miles from White House are pretty uneventful.

    Hi Kristen. I am in love with your website and instagram! My boyfriend and I hiked Paria in July and your guide was an incredible source of information during our planning stages. Keep up the great work! Would you believe I left my NRS socks at home in Dallas? That was pretty awful, as anticipated. The day after our hike we kayaked 7.5 miles upstream on the Colorado River using LF as our input. We stopped occasionally to explore, fish, and floated back downstream in no time. If you have the time/energy to spare, it was the greatest kayak trip we’ve ever done. The original plan was to go further upstream to Horseshoe Bend where we’d make camp but no. Your arms will be beyond exhausted. Even in hot July the water is about 50 degrees and clearer than you’d ever imagine. Such a cool thing to see the giant boulders and huge schools of fish many feet beneath you. We rented our kayaks for $45/hour from a small outfitter in Marble Canyon.

    Your writing has also inspired one of my next adventures for late 2016 – the John Muir Trail. I have never been much of an outdoor adventurer and Paria was my first thru hike. I’m hooked! In May 2016, I am walking the Frances route of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela – a 550 mile trek through Spain. Looking forward to the JMT later next year. Thank you for documenting your travels and writing to inspire!

      Hey Shae –

      That kayaking sounds amazing. I’m definitely going to check that out next time I’m in the area. And I’m so so so pumped to hear about your plans to hike the JMT. You are going to have an amazing experience and I can’t wait to hear about it. Please come back and share it all with me. Cheers and happy holidays! Kristen

    Kristen, I can’t thank you enough for your information on the Paria Canyon hike. I’ve searched for as much information as I can since this is a dangerous (Buckskin Gulch portion) and somewhat difficult hike. I had lots of questions in my mind since I have friends that have completed the hike from Wire Pass to Lee’s Ferry. Your blog answered all my questions and even more. You made me feel much more confident that our group hike in May will be successful. Our group is getting extremely excited about visiting such a spectacular place. It brought a smile to my face to see you are also from Utah. Keep up the great work.
    P.S. I’ve already signed up for your Barefoot Theory emails.

      Hey Dallas! Thanks so much for the kind words. You are going to have an amazing time in Paria…you’ll have to come back and tell me about it! Cheers, Kristen

    Thanks for tips Kristen. We are hiking the Wave in July and looking for additional hikes. Blog extremely helpful!

    Kristen – thanks for the great compilation of information. My daughter and I are planning to apply for a permit to hike for four weekdays in late October. It seems like the pressure for permits would be waning by then, and probability ought to be better. What has been your experience? Thanks. Paul

      I got my permit when it became available in the lottery. I think the trail is becoming more popular, but I think you shouldn’t have a problem in October. Just make sure you apply when the lottery opens.

    Hey Kristen,

    Your posts are always so informative! Thank you for being so thorough! I’m doing Wire Pass-Lee’s Ferry end of June and was curious what you would recommend for tent/sleeping bag and even clothing? The temps look like they are in the 70s-80s but I have no idea how to think about temps inside the canyon? Is it much cooler? Also, did you bring any bug spray type thing?
    It would be really useful if you can write about the boring details about what to have in your first aid kid, carry a knife etc. 🙂

    Thanks again!

      I would bring a tent in case it rains. For a sleeping bag, you probably don’t need anything to heavy as it should be pretty warm. It is cooler in the canyon, but averages in the end of June should still be comfortable. There were no bugs when I did it in April, but June may be different.

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    Thank you for your informative article. I’m thinking of doing the hike from Wire Pass to Lee’s Ferry the wk of July 4th. I’m somewhat concerned about the risk of flash floods and high temps that late than, as well as water. I was also told that the river itself may by essentially dry, at least until rains come. Do you have any thoughts on hiking at that time?

      I didn’t do Wire Pass, but flash flood season really gets going later in July. The best bet is to look at the forecast and call the rangers station to get current conditions prior to your trip.

    Hi—My wife, Megan, Ollie the Adventure dog and myself just got back from this hike about a week ago. I used your blog to convince my wife that this was the hike for us before we left and we had a great time. If anyone is considering doing this hike and is reading this message, I have two pieces of advice. 1. Do it, this is one of the best multi-day trips I have been on in North America, and 2. After the big fall storms of 2016, the section of canyon between miles 25-28 is a mess. It took us about 3 hours to navigate all the flood debris in the canyon. At mile 28 I highly recommend taking the high water route. Its no where near as pretty or interesting hiking as the canyon floor, but you will save yourself hours of misery otherwise.

      Awesome. Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the tip about the high water route.

        Great guide! My family and I are doing the hike in mid march over 4 nights. I have a few questions.
        1. How were your feet at the end of the hike? I heard that your feet and shoes are destroyed after.

        2. I have the platypus gravity filter. Did you use any prefilter and/or Alum to help the silt settle?

        3. I am hoping to camp just below the confluence of the Paria River and Buckskin Gulch. Did you carry water the first day or filter from the Paria? The map does not show a spring.

          Hey Eric,

          1) Feet were ok. I wore tennis shoes and neoprene socks. Just make sure you have something dry to change into at night (socks/sandals, etc)
          2) We lucked out and the water was really clear. You might want to bring a bandana or something else to filter the silt out first. We also had a steripen and that worked great for the springs.
          3) I believe we carried water from the trailhead.

          Have fun!

      Bill, How did the dog do on the hike? I am most curious about the depth of water, quicksand, and the rocky section around mile 27. We would LOVE to bring our adventure dog with us.

    A water filtration system is a nice suggestion. Using purification tablets is simple way to meet this need, as you shared.

    Such a great read! You mention that most of the trail is flat? Is there an elevation gain? My friend had an extra permit and asked me to join her in two weeks! Just wondering how physically fit I need to be before I go.

      You are gradually descending throughout the hike. With a decent level of physical fitness you should be fine. Have fun out there!

    Hi! Do you know what CFS the Paria was running at when you went down in April? How about night temps in April in the canyon? Were you chilly at night?

      Hey Sarah – unfortunately i don’t know what the CFS was. Night temps were pretty cold but we lucked out with the weather. Best bet is to check the weather before you go and pack accordingly since April can be unpredictable.

    Great guide and very nice photos! Very interested in the hike, but hesitate that if Thanksgiving will be a good time to do it. We will be needing some water wading pants I assume? I know it’s by nature hard to predict the water level, but do you by chance have any info of that during late Nov? Like average or so..

    Thanks for your time!

    Hi – question about doing the short day hike in Buckskin. Is there a lot of water-wading through cesspools for this hike? We are not planning on doing the giant version of this hike. Just the short version. I know there is a little scrambling involved but how much water are we talking? Enough to rent water boots? Thanks! Kathryn

      Whether there is water all depends on the timing of the last rain. There was no water in Buckskin when I went there, but I’ve seen photos of people wading through knee and waist deep. I wouldn’t wear water boots. Boots are only waterproof until the water goes in over the top. I would wear tennis shoes instead with neoprene socks that will dry out quickly.

    I’m planning a Utah/Arizona road trip for the end of June and your blog posts are so helpful! How do you think the heat would be for this trip at the end of June/beginning of July? Do you have other recommendations for day hikes/overnights while already in this area? Thanks!!!

      Hi Rowan, it’ll be pretty warm by then but you can always start early in the morning for hike late in the afternoon & into the sunset to beat the heat. It definitely will be feasible just make sure you have plenty of water. Have you checked out our Ultimate Utah National Park Road Trip Itinerary?

    Hi Kristen,
    After reading your blog posts I have planned a Paria Canyon trip for this June. I am scheduling a van pick up since we only have one car, and am wondering- doing the trek in 4 days, 3 nights as you did, about how long did it take you to hike out the last day? I am trying to guesstimate when the van should pick us up. Thank you!

    thanks for the great info. looking forward to a Sept. trip. What did you do with securing your food? Were vermin a problem?

    Great, great summary. Thanks so much. And great blog site, too. I will be doing my first canyon trip in Paria and Buckskin this October. I have my permit and seem to be gaining good information. I’ve set up a shuttle. I’m just wondering about car safety at Lee’s Ferry. I want to assume all will be well.

      don’t worry about car safety. we’ve left vehicles (with plenty of stuff in them) at that parking area as well as the nearby campground and also at the airstrip parking for periods longer than a week with no problems.

      marble canyon lodge is right up the road from lees ferry and was perfect place to decompress and reflect on the hike on the final night.

      know your equipment,
      don’t over pack.
      i’d suggest two forms of water filtration/purification.
      water socks that kirsten mentioned were perfect….. no blisters, no prune skin

      after the confluence, we only saw two other parties of two for the next thirty miles.
      it was great.

      planned to post more photos and comments about our trip but haven’t got around to it yet.
      but there are a few here….

      be safe
      have fun


    Hey! Great guide for the Paria. I just finished a trip through there and would love it if you would add something to your list for me. Wide Baskets on your hiking poles. In the event you encounter quick sand the wider basket will be a huge help to keep you above the muck longer. Thanks for writing about this trip. There really arn’t that many resources out there.

    I was thinking of doing Buckskin Gulch/Paria Canyon after the Phish shows in Vegas at the end of the month. Should I be concerned about doing them solo or is that I’ll-advised? Thank you!

    Hi, random question: are there trees at the first campground (from Whitehouse to the confluence)? The reason I ask is because I am bringing my dog, and usually I affix his leash to a tree at night time.
    Great review of the Canyon!

    Hey! Thanks for all the information here! I would like to add a bit of info on logistics based on my good experience. For a shuttle, I highly recommend Steve Dodson at Paria Outpost ( He’ll want to meet by 3 pm at Lee’s Ferry the day prior to your hike. You’ll leave your car there and he’ll drive you up to White House. We got our permits in Kanab on our way to Lee’s Ferry.

    In addition, if you want the most in-depth local information on the hike or anything else about the area, these are the folks you want to talk to! Very friendly and very affordable.

    Hello Kristen. Greetings from Spain. I have been looking for information about the vast areas explored by Spaniards throughout the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in the North American territories, and indeed most of the names that you still use there to designate the topographic accidents are of Spanish origin. (Los Angeles, Mesa, Mosquito, Paria, Colorado, etc etc). Many of these places were discovered by exploration groups that radiated their steps from Santa Fe, and most of these incredible places have recognized the commanding officer who discovered it and also many times gave name. However, I find no bibliography that explains the origin of the Paria Canyon (which is a Spanish word meaning low social class or unfortunate). Taking advantage of your commendable love for that region, I would like to ask you if you know what explorer gave name to that area and why its name ?. Thank you so much. Ignacio

    THANK YOU for your incredible write-up for this hiking trip you did through the Paria Canyon. What an adventure! You shared amazing photos! I can’t believe you captured that many stars in your photos, either! What kind of camera did you use? I really appreciate the depth of information you shared because I was trying to figure out if my husband and I wanted to do this hike. We recently walked through the Narrows, as well as Kanarra Falls (have you gone there? If not, definitely check it out because in the slot canyon there are two pretty waterfalls as your destinations! ) After reading your article, I now know that we will pass on this trip since it would take 4 days and my husband works full-time on the road. Thanks for sharing your adventures. It really helps those of us that want to follow in your footsteps. So thanks for taking the step yourself to do this kind of writing. Keep up the adventures and the writing!

    What an amazing synopsis of this incredible hike. I did it years ago, and am now a Scoutmaster. I’m looking to take my scouts on this one. Can’t wait. We will use your blog here as a primary reference. Thanks again!

      Glad to hear it Mark! What an incredible opportunity for kids. Thanks for sharing your love of the outdoors with your scouts!

    We are going to be driving through the Paria in July from Phoenix on our way to the Canadian Rockies. We hope to spend a night or two and explore the Paria. I have a couple questions. 1) There are only a handful of sites at White House Campground. Do you think we will get one if we arrive around 5pm? 2) We will have our 10 year old with us. Is there a short hike we can do? 3) will the temperature be good for camping?

      Hi Weiru,
      Sounds like an incredible trip you’re planning! Like you said, there are only a handful of sites at White House Campground so it would be best to arrive early in the morning if possible. But, you could get lucky and score a site. If you don’t get one there, check out!Kanab,+ut to find nearby public land that you could camp. The temps will be very warm in the day time and comfortable at night. It will be fine for camping but stay hydrated – bring a lot of water and drink it because the scorching sun and heat can dehydrate you fast. Also, keep in mind that you’ll be in Utah during monsoon season so make sure you camp in high places, not down low in any canyons or arroyos. For good family hikes, check out Wire Pass Trail and the Nautilus Trail. Check out some of our favorite hikes in Utah: Have a great trip!

    Looks incredible! Definitely adding to my list of places to go!

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