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The 112,500-acre wilderness has towering walls streaked with desert varnish, huge red rock amphitheaters, sandstone arches, wooded terraces, and hanging gardens. The 38-mile Paria Canyon trail follows the river, and involves a lot of wading. Dispersed camping along the trail. Paria River subject to periodic and seasonal flash flooding.
Hiking in the Paria
Buckskin Gulch (main trailhead about 4.3 miles south of US 89) is a tributary canyon to the Paria, characterized by intermittent deep pools, which must be swam most of the year. This canyon is also subject to seasonal flash floods. The trail through Buckskin Gulch is about 16 miles long, although if you access it from the Wire Pass trailhead, it cuts the hike down to about 12 miles. Most of the canyon is between 3 to 15 feet wide. Group size limited to 10 people in Paria Canyon & Buckskin Gulch. 5 developed campsites at the White House Trailhead (2 miles south of US 89). Permits and reservations are required for day or overnight hiking anywhere in the wilderness.
The Coyote Buttes area, with its colorfully striped formations of Navajo Sandstone has become an extremely popular hiking destination. The northern section, which contains the formation of white Navajo sandstone called the Wave, is accessible from Wire Pass trailhead (8.5 miles south of US 89), and the Wave is about a 3 mile hike cross country (hikers have created a rough trail to follow). The southern portion of Coyote Buttes is accessible only from 4WD jeep roads. Coyote Buttes is day use only and no groups larger than 6 allowed. Hikers are asked to wear lightweight shoes and not climb on or break thin outcroppings & other fragile formations
The Wave section of the Coyote Buttes
Access is via US 89, which passes within 3 miles. US 89A skirts the base of the Vermilion Cliffs on the south, and the eastern part is accessed from Lee`s Ferry. Acceess to the west is on the House Rock/ Coyote Valley road