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Buckskin Gulch: A Hidden Must See

Updated: Jul 24, 2022

Prior to my trip to Utah, I had never even heard of Buckskin Gulch, but boy am I glad I stumbled across it! We had originally planned to go to Antelope Canyon in AZ for the day, but unfortunately our tour was canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions. Since we had to re-plan our day pretty last minute, we tried to find somewhere close to where we were staying in Kanab. Before the trip, I had come across Vermillion Cliffs which was huge, so I kept that in the back of my head as sort of a back up. Upon further research, we stumbled across a place called Buckskin Gulch, located within Vermillion Cliffs, very close to where we were staying in Kanab, UT and we decided to give it a try. While the full hike through Buckskin Gulch takes about 12-13 hours, we only did a small part of it and decided to really spend some time in the massive slot canyons.

When hiking Buckskin Gulch, we personally decided to hike the Wire Pass Trail which led us right into some of the canyons. This is a 3.7-mile trail out and back moderate trail, however, I highly suggest if you are going to do this hike to not choose a day where it is almost 100 degrees outside like we did! The trail starts off as a sandy dirt trail for a majority of the path, and then eventually leads you into some of the smaller slot canyons as pictured below. All of the safety precautions and the $6 entrance donation are listed on a sign at the trail head.

We heard about a little rope ladder that led you down into the actual canyons, so we set out to find that. Upon finding it, we discovered that it was broken, and although my cousins braved it, I decided to find the alternate route down, which consisted of back tracking out of the beginning of the canyon a little bit, and following the trail up the rocks, and then back down on the other side. (When fol