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Paria Canyon & Buckskin Gulch, AZ & UT

Get ready for a true adventure hike!

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    Get ready for a true adventure hike!

    Special Interest: CampingGreat OutdoorsHiking

    Paria (“Muddy Water”) Canyon, located in northern Arizona and southern Utah (Kanab, UT), is best known for it’s colorful and twisted sandstone landscapes, slot canyons, tall cliffs, carved formations, and ancient petroglyphs on deep canyon walls. Paria Canyon is a section of the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument and Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness. A map of the area can be found on the Bureau of Land Management website.

    Three of the most popular routes in the area include: 1) White House Trailhead (near Paria Contact Station – 2040 Long Valley Rd, Kanab, UT 84741) to Lees Ferry. 2) Wire Pass Trailhead to Paria River and 3) Buckskin Gulch Trailhead to Buckskin Gulch.

    Read our article, Paria Canyon & Buckskin Gulch / Wire Pass – Best Dog Friendly Trails for more information about these trails. These routes are not for beginners and require day use and overnight permits.

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    Location: Kanab, UT |  Coconino County  |  Kane County  |  Arizona  |  Utah
    GPS Coordinates: 37.10460, -111.90025  Map
    Activities: Hiking, Backpacking, Camping

    Items Needed: Water, Poop Bags, First Aid Kit, Tick Removal Tool, 6 Foot Non-Retractable Leash or Hands-Free Leash, Paw Protection, Reflective Gear On Your Dog, Other Appropriate Gear & Food, Extra Sock or Neoprene Socks, Appropriate Gear for Knee to Waist Deep Water, Closed Water Shoes, Extra Shoes, Dry Bag, Map, Compass, Trekking Poles, Extra Clothing, Spare Tire, Backup Fuel, Extra Food & Survival Gear, Water Filtration System or Purification Tablets, 40-foot Rope, GPS Device, Sunscreen, Hat, Hand Sanitizer, Wipes

    Safety: This hike is best for more experienced hikers who are fit and who have a bit of survival skills. The best time to go is late spring or late fall. Summer is usually too hot for dogs and many flash floods occur June through mid September, although they could occur at any time of the year. It's a good idea to go with another buddy (human) in case of an emergency, or hire a guide. You will be far from developed areas so don't expect a quick rescue if you find yourself in trouble. What you bring in the park, you must bring out - including all poop. Don't forget to bring a lot of filtered water to drink, although there are a few springs that may be flowing that you can drink from after it is purified. Quick sand is in the area so watch your footing and carry a pole. Pay attention to your dog as there are wild animals he may not be familiar with in the area, including poisonous snakes. Please consult your vet before hiking with your dog. It may best for puppies or dogs with joint problems to stay home. Remember to take small and steady water breaks to prevent bloat or water intoxication. And don't forget to check the paws!

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