Buckskin Canyon Loop
Grand Staircase, Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness
The Buckskin Loop is well-known among canyoneers in Utah. For one thing, it is the longest slot canyon in the world, at 13 miles. Secondly, while the great majority of slot canyons require ropes and equipment for rappeling, Buckskin Canyon is considered one of the toughest canyons that doesn't require technical skills or equipment, though there is one descent that many will use a rope on, as I did.
The loop is not a full loop. You start at the Wire Pass trailhead, hike through the very narrow and short Wire Pass slot canyon. This then joins Buckskin Canyon. Almost 13 miles further, you get to the one place that is considered safe for camping, in that it is raised above the canyon floor in case there is a flash flood. Soon after that, Buckskin ends in Paria Canyon, a much longer canyon. You turn left, and a few miles later it opens up wide and you exit to the White House campground. A shuttle is required. I left my rental there, and was shuttled to the Wire Pass trailhead.
The very narrow Wire Pass canyon.
Buckskin Canyon. Note the trail to the left of the water.
One of the early and smaller wades in Buckskin.
A deeper and longer wade in Buckskin. There were maybe 30 places where wading was required, and a few of them were waist deep. And the ground beneath is not smooth or level. A trekking pole is very helpful.
This is the end of Buckskin Canyon. The sunny area ahead is the confluence with Paria Canyon.
Campsite in Buckskin Canyon.
The wall high above.
Here I am relaxing at camp after a long hike.
Confluence with the Paria - looking up the Paria.
Near the end of the hike as the Paria opens up. White House campground is next to the hill ahead on the right.
Back at my car at White House CG.