The Buckskin Gulch is an extraordinary slot canyon located just inside the Utah state line with Arizona. It is also located in an area called the Paria Canyon.

Buckskin Gulch Tour - Vermilion CliffsGrand Circle Tours offers 3 different hiking options in the Buckskin gulch. We can't say whether this slot canyon is the world's longest but many think it could be. When considering a hike in this area you should ask yourself what skill level and shape you are in. We can offer a scenic hike in Wire Pass and then into Buckskin Gulch that is mostly slot canyon and very flat for those wanting to take it easy and go slow with many photo options. We can also start at the Buckskin Trail where the shapes and petroglyphs are more prominent but no slot canyon section. The third option is the most adventurous and most difficult due to the length and exposure to steep drop offs. Middle Route is not the option to pick if you are not positive you can handle a minimum of 5-6 miles and uphill sand hiking with no shade. Whatever choice you make we will show you a great time and you will get many unusual photos of the area.


Buckskin Gulch Trail Head: This option is a good choice for those who want the variety of the area all in one hike. Buckskin Gulch trail head includes classic desert views of sandstone domes, large views of the area, wave rocks like near the neighboring North Coyote Buttes area as well as some of the largest petroglyphs in the area. This is a flat hike through the wash for about two miles before reaching the large wave wall. This hike is also a good choice when the Buckskin Gulch is running or wet and muddy. Wintertime can have ice and snow located inside the gulch so this is a good off season option. Hike time is around 4-5 hours and total tour time is 7-7.5 hours in total. There is a $6 trail head fee at the beginning of the hike due to the location inside the Paria Canyon Wilderness Study.
Day Tours $179 per person
Photo Tours $249.00
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Wire Pass Trailhead:
This is the shortest and fastest way into the Buckskin Gulch. Wire pass starts out inn a wash and within about 1 mile you begin a very narrow slot that becomes great with color and texture as you move along. Arriving at the confluence of the Buckskin Gulch and Wire Pass we often take a break for something to drink or eat and enjoy the majestic large alcove. After a short break we move onto the Buckskin Gulch itself and walk either up canyon or down canyon for more stunning views. Buckskin gulch offers the special classic slot canyon look some photographers want to see and it’s just adventurous enough for hikers as well. Our total time is 7-7.5 hours and hiking time is 4-5 hours of flat hiking with some possibility of rocky or wet sections. There is a $6 trail head fee at the beginning of the hike due to the location inside the Paria Canyon Wilderness Study.
Day Tours $179 per person
Photo Tours $249.00
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Buckskin Gulch Middle Route: This choice is for the more seasoned hiker wanting to see a new or unexplored section of the Buckskin Gulch few see. This area is located in the geographic middle of the Buckskin itself and is often out of reach from day hikers starting at either the Buckskin or Wire Pass trail heads. This is our favorite section of the gulch due to it’s texture, color and cross bedded exposure of the sandstone walls. Hiking to this location will involve walking through sand and a steep 100 foot down climb into the Buckskin itself although this is a non technical hike and no experience is needed other than good balance and no fear of heights. Please do not select this trip if you have any balance or fear issues! This is not the trip to figure out what kind of hiker you are. Trip lasts 7-7.5 hours round trip including driving. There is a $6 trail head fee due to it’s location inside the Paria Canyon Wilderness Study.
Day Tours $179 per person
Photo Tours $249.00
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Double Trouble: This was the Best Stevie Ray Vaughn ever got. We are combining both the Wire Pass trail head and the Buckskin trail head for an epic day of desert slot canyon hiking and large open vistas to please the photographers. This day can last anywhere from 8-10 hours depending on conditions and you will see an area with more strange rocks and soft sandstone walls than any other hike we offer. This day will be epic!
Day Tours $249 per person
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