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Information from Back Country Horsemen of Utah, Kanab chapter:
To get to the trailhead:
Drive 4.5 miles beyond Paria turnoff to House Rock Valley Road junction with 89. (Total of 37.5 miles from Kanab stoplight.) At the big curve and before the “Cock’s Comb” leave 89 and go south 4.2 miles on the House Rock Valley Road to Buckskin Gulch Trailhead. A slow dirt road but passable with horse trailer. There is a day-use fee of $6.00 per person and another $6.00 for a dog. Deposit fee in the Iron Pipe. After about 1 hour ride, Buckskin Gulch becomes a beautiful, narrow canyon. Do not enter if there is any possibility of rain as a flash flood would ruin your day and probably your life. The confluence of Buckskin Gulch and Wire Pass Slot Canyon is about 4.5 miles or 1.5 hr. ride. Have lunch at the confluence and look for small, but beautiful petroglyphs on south canyon wall of Wire Pass Slot Canyon (low on the wall). Beyond this confluence, Buckskin becomes real rocky. Wire Pass too narrow for horses but fun to explore on foot. Return back up Buckskin.
Note: There are very few places to tie up on this trail, so I took hobbles to make a lunch stop easier.
Note: I have ridden this trail several times now, and if there has been rain in the week previous, it can be impassable or dangerous with water and mud still left in the slot canyon. Depending on how much washing out there has been, the creek beds is a mix of sand and rock. Several areas were very rocky last time (ie. shoes or boots recommended).
You may find water on the trail (pools here and there) if there has been rain recently (in which case the slot canyon may or may not be passable), or it may be dry as a bone (no water for horses to drink). Plan accordingly, avoid the summer heat. Most of the trail is sandy and exposed, little or no shade until you get to the canyon, where it is cool and nice.
|Created:||Jan 29, '15, 02:04AM|
|Starts in:||Kane County, UT, US|
|Selected distance:||9.6 mi|
|Elevation:||+ 379 / - 366 ft|
|Estimated Time||Learn more|
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