Find Solitude and Solace Along the Paria River

Truth is advertising, you will also find sand, mud, and little to no shade. If you’re prepared for those caveats, you’ll likely find it quite pleasant to meander up the at times dry, muddy, wet riverbed as you take in the colossal canyon walls and strange sandstone formations. Unless there’s been a recent heavy rain, the water won’t reach your ankles so either water shoes or hiking shoes work.

There are lots of options, depending upon whether you’re up for a day hike, an overnight, or a multiday adventure. I explored Buskin Gultch, the longest slot canyon n the world, on another day, but you can do both in a day (14 mile RT). Note, Buskin will always be crowded so brace yourself.

Notes: Day use permits are required – $6 per person & per dog. Use your smartphone to scan a QR Code at the trailhead or stop at the Paria Contact Station. Limited number of backcountry overnight permits available (20 per day). Plan ahead a of couple of months and reserve online. I couldn’t find the direct link, but here’s the BLM phone number & email for answers to permit questions : 435-688-3200 or email us. You can also camp near alongside the river at White House Campground. First-come, first-served basis – no reservations. Individual sites $12 per night. Interagency Senior and Access Pass Holders get 50% off. Amenities include restrooms, fire rings, and picnic tables Pay fees by cash or check at the campground fee station. Not for vehicles or trailers longer than 25 feet. Pets allowed, but must be leashed. Best time of year fall or spring – otherwise, be prepared for ice in the winter and extreme heat in the summer.

Getting there:

From the Kanab Visitor Center (BLM) in Kanab, UT travel 42.5 miles east on Highway 89 to the White House Road/BLM751. Turn right and drive two miles to the campground.

Happy Trails!

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