I’ve hiked a couple times maybe 2-3 miles in a slot of Buckskin Canyon south from Wire Pass so it was interesting to see a more open part of the canyon in upper Buckskin Canyon.
The Paria Canyon/Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Area requires one of three kinds of permits: day use, advanced day use and overnight use. After 16 miles Buckskin Canyon joins Paria Canyon for an almost 40 mile hike to Lee’s Ferry in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
Access by House Rock Valley Road south from SR89 can be a bit rough after rains. When we arrived at the upper Buckskin Canyon parking we saw the was a fee of $6/person and $6 for the dog.
Because it was already pretty warm by 11am (we don’t seem to get very early starts) Bill and Sasha stopped in shade while I lollygagged along taking photos, many hundreds of photos, of this picturesque landscape.
We only saw one couple on the trail and stopped to chat. He was obsessively searching for some feature known as Edmaier’s Secret to the point he didn’t even notice the beauty around him. He’d seen some YouTube video of getting to this mystery site with a fence for a marker.
After seeing a fence along the left side of the wash we took a side trip. We climbed through the barbwire, clambered over 300 feet of soft rolling sand dunes onto slick rock with sharp fins of harder sandstone.