5 days/4 nights Paria Canyon Backpacking Adventure
Paria Canyon, located on the border of Southern Utah and Northern Arizona, is famous for it’s colorful deep slot canyons. Buckskin Gulch is among the longest and deepest slot canyons in the world. On this trip we will guide you through narrow gorges exploring unique rock formations, beautifully sculpted walls, natural springs, ancient petroglyphs and the World’s 7th longest natural arch, spanning over 200ft in length.
Prepare to get wet during this 40+ mile hike, as we will be hiking a portion of the canyon through waste deep water in the Paria River.
Booking this trip early is important as advance permits are required for entry into the Paria Canyon. Only 20 hikers are allowed entry each day for overnight camping in the entire canyon and these permits usually are sold out 4 months prior.
Paria Canyon is one of the most unique destinations in the United States and hiking through this region will inspire beginner and experienced backpackers alike.
An early afternoon departure from the Fountain Hills AZ area is required for our 1st days, 4.5 hour drive to the Whitehouse Campground. En-route there will be time for a break and refreshments at Horseshoe Bend, a very scenic point on the Colorado River. After this highlight and many photos we will pass through Page, AZ before entering the State of Utah, arriving at the trail-head campground prior to dusk. Here your guides will set up camp and prepare a nourishing meal along with welcome refreshments, while you enjoy the warmth of the campfire under the star-lit sky.
Your guide will prepare an early bountiful breakfast with fresh coffee, followed by final preparations and gear check. Your adventure begins by hiking down into the Paria Canyon, 8.5 miles, through the narrow gorge until it reaches the confluence of the Buckskin Gulch. This is one of the most famous, longest and deepest slot canyons in the world. Upon reaching the confluence and locating your campsite along the banks of the water you will enjoy a well-deserved break while your guide sets up the camp and prepares lunch. Next you will have the opportunity to hike, 1.5 miles into the depths of the Buckskin Gulch. Here your guide will lead you through pools of standing water as you look for the perfect photo opportunity and marvel at this wonderful stone labyrinth. After reaching the famous “rock-fall” and making an attempt to climb the Moki steps or crawl through the “rabbit-hole” you will return back to the campsite and relax as your guide prepares a nutritious dinner to celebrate the success of today’s adventure.
This morning we will have a more relaxed start, recovering from a long day 2. Your guide will have coffee ready and prepare a warm breakfast prior to packing up and heading further into the depths of Paria Canyon. Our day will consist of frequent river crossings, towering canyon walls and unforgettable scenery as we cover approximately 12 miles downstream. Along the way you will discover natural springs for water fills and ancient petroglyphs as your guide explains the history of this seldom visited canyon. We will set camp up at a secluded river bench near the entry of Wrather’s Arch. You will have another wonderful meal to look forward to, as your guide prepares camp for your evening’s enjoyment.
Today is our shortest day of hiking with backpack, but one that many consider the most scenic, and one that you will certainly remember for a lifetime. Your day will begin with an early wake-up call and a hot cup of coffee followed with a short hike into Wrather’s Arch. Here you will spend an hour exploring, taking many fantastic photos of this natural arch, ranked number 7 in the world for it’s length. Returning to camp, your guide will have a delicious breakfast ready for you, after which you will continue downstream for 10 miles, along and through he Paria River. Your guide will point out today’s highlights, including the occasional wildlife spotting. Tonight’s camp is near one of Paria’s natural springs, along the Paria River, where again you will be treated to a freshly prepared meal and refreshing drinks.
Today’s hike takes us deeper into Paria Canyon and it begins to open up as we leave the portion of the narrow gorge and enter the wider region downstream. We will cover approximately 8 miles today exploring a few of the lesser known areas of the Canyon which are full of history of days gone by. We will arrive mid-morning into Wilson’s Ranch, where we will take a break and enjoy a snack before continuing our hike out of the Canyon through Lonely Dell Ranch. This historic homestead is a short walk from the parking lot and our vehicle for the return transport home. You will enjoy a tasty lunch by the banks of the river as your guide packs up the gear before heading back to Fountain Hills, arriving approximately at 5pm.
$1150.00/person, 2 person minimum. Must be 12 years of age, accompanied by a paying adult. Discounts available for parties of 5 or more.
We also offer out condensed 4 day/3 night option for $900/person.
standard tour 5 days, 4 nights.
condensed tour 4 days, 3 nights.
- Round-trip transportation from Scottsdale, AZ
- Professional, safety-certified guides
- Overnight permits
- Fully equipped base camp
- Meals and snacks (lunch day 1 through lunch day 5)
- Filtered water
- shared tent
- sleeping bag
- sleeping pad
- Trekking poles rental: $15/person
$300.00/person (non-refundable) deposit due at time of booking, remaining due prior to start of tour. Tour runs rain or shine. Trips cancelled within 48 hours of tour start date, incur a 100% trip cost. Waiver must be submitted prior to tour departure. NOTE: Arizona Hiking Adventures reserves the rights to substitute an equitable backpacking trip in Arizona, should for any reason the Paria Canyon be determined inaccessible or unsafe due to weather conditions, by either the BLM or Arizona Hiking Adventures LLC.
This trip is dependent on permit availability. Best months for backpacking in Paria Canyon are: March, April, May, September, October and November.