These are photos of my trip through the slot canyons of Buckskin Gulch in August 2009. Buckskin Gulch is located adjacent to the Paria River on the Utah-Arizona border. It is north of the Grand Canyon, south of Kanab, southeast of Zion National Park, and west of Page Arizona and the Glen Canyon Dam. You access the trailhead on the Utah side by going south on House Rock Valley Road off of US 89.

At approximately 12 miles long, according to some sources, Buckskin Gulch has the longest slot canyons in the world.

According to the sign at the Wire Pass Trailhead:
"You're about to embark on an unforgettable adventure. The stunning scenery of Coyote Buttes attracts hikers from all over the world. Buckskin Gulch is a winding chasm of stone and spectacular cliffs. Either fork will lead you through a fantastic geological story. From this trailhead, you can access two separate destinations, Buckskin Gulch or Coyote Buttes and The Wave."

We were traveling with two children (9 & 7). Even if we could have gotten one of the only 20 daily permits to visit The Wave, I knew it would be a hard trip for them. One would find the hike taxing. The other would be hard pressed to stay on the trail, as he likes to climb everything he sees. In any case, this is an amazing area of land.

Satellite view of Buckskin Gulch

Here are some maps of the area:
Buckskin Trail Map

Good topo map - Large, expandable file

Here is a satellite view from Google Earth. The Wire Pass Trailhead parking lot is in the center on the left. Just follow the streambed (in the upper right part of the start of the picture) to the right (east).

View Buckskin Gulch - Wire Pass - The Wave in a larger map

Links for information about Buckskin Gulch & the Wire Pass Trailhead:
BLM Trailheads page
Slot Canyons of the American Southwest - Buckskin Gulch
Slot Canyons of the American Southwest - Wire Pass
Buckskin Gulch and Paria Canyon (
Buckskin Gulch - Wikipedia
Buckskin Gulch - (
Hiking Buckskin Gulch (
Utah's Buckskin Gulch (
Buckskin Gulch - Christopher Earls Brennen
Buckskin Gulch: Chocolate Pudding Edition
Buckskin Gulch (
buckskin gulch: Photo by Photographer Dieter Biskamp
Hiking Buckskin Gulch, Southwestern Utah, U.S.A.
Buckskin Gulch and Wire Pass (
Photographing Antelope Canyon, The Wave, Buckskin Gulch and Horseshoe Bend (
Buckskin Gulch (
Websheikh Paria River Trip
Photographs of Buckskin Gulch (
Buckskin Gulch (
America's 10 Most Dangerous Hikes - Buckskin Gulch, UT (
Wire Pass Trailhead (
Hiking Paria Canyon, Buckskin Gulch, Wire Pass, or Coyote Buttes (
Buckskin Gulch Hike Video by Andrew Lavigne

Links for information about the nearby Wave:
Here is a satellite view from Google Earth. It is centered on the Wave, as far as I can tell. Zoom out and go a bit north and you will find the same streambed/gulch in the view above.

View Larger Map

Paria Canyon - Coyote Buttes (
The Wave Photos - (
More Wave Photos - (
The Wave on the Utah / Arizona border is one of the best hikes in the world (
problems hiking "The Wave" (
The way to THE WAVE - Arizona/ U.S.A. (
The Wave - Coyote Buttes North, Arizona (
Coyote Buttes (
The Wave - Christopher Earls Brennen
Wave Photos (
The Wave (
BLM Wave permit info page
Backpacking The Wave (
Planning your trip to the Wave in Utah and Arizona (
The Wave - Standstone in Motion
The Wave - Wikipedia
The Wave, Arizona ( - photos, info & map)
Flickr photos
The Wave (
The Wave (
The Wave, Arizona: Challenges: Digital Photography Review
The Wave, Arizona - 15 Most Amazing Rock Formations in the USA
"The Wave" Peoria Canyon Az. (
The Wave - 'The Dune' of Arizona
"The Wave" Hike At Coyote Buttes In Arizona - Video
The Wave - Video
Hot Day in "The Wave" - video
Spectacular Scenery in Utah National Parks - Video

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