This Arizona Trail Will Take You Through The Longest Slot Canyon In The US
With an assortment of natural wonders to explore, there's one that you should definitely add to your bucket list. Straddling the border of two states, the longest slot canyon in the US can be explored on this Arizona and Utah trail. You'll definitely want to bring your camera for this one.
Buckskin Gulch is a long and deep slot canyon in the western USA. It measures about 23 miles long in total.
The gorge features beautiful cliffs with multi-colored walls. One of the best hikes to see it is on the Wire Pass Trail.
It's about 4-miles roundtrip and there's a $6 per person fee to visit. The best time to explore the canyon is in the fall and spring.
Flash floods from rain can cause the canyon to be dangerous, so plan to visit on a nice and clear day. Flash floods can happen at any time, however, there is a higher risk during the summer.
Before you get to the trail, you'll have to drive on an 8-mile dirt road. The best part about this trail is that a 2-wheel drive vehicle can be used to reach the trailhead.
The first mile of the hike isn't scenic but will offer views of the narrow and curving features of the slot canyon towards the last half-mile of the trail.
You and your friends can make a day trip here. Towards the end of the hike, there will be a 10-foot drop that welcomes you into Buckskin Gulch.
Often times there are ladders that will lead you to the bottom. They can be very unsafe and unsteady. We recommend taking the path over the top of the canyon instead, especially if you're bringing your furry friend along with you.
Wire Pass Trail to Buckskin Gulch
Length: Approx. 4-miles roundtrip
Address: House Rock Valley Rd, Kanab, Utah
Why You Need To Go: This moderate trail will take you through narrow slot canyons with amazing views.
We advise that Flash Floods in the canyon are especially dangerous and the risk is higher during the summer. Plan your trip accordingly.
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.