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From Page: Buckskin Gulch Slot Canyon Guided Hike

1. From Page: Buckskin Gulch Slot Canyon Guided Hike

Grand Circle Tours offers different hiking options in the Buckskin gulch. We can't say whether this slot canyon is the world's longest but many think it could be. When considering a hike in this area you should ask yourself what skill level and shape you are in. We can offer a scenic hike in Wire Pass and then into Buckskin Gulch that is mostly slot canyon and very flat for those wanting to take it easy and go slow with many photo options. We can also start at the Buckskin Trail where the shapes and petroglyphs are more prominent but no slot canyon section. Whatever choice you make we will show you a great time and you will get many unusual photos of the area. Buckskin Gulch Trail Head: This option is a good choice for those who want the variety of the area all in one hike. Buckskin Gulch trail head includes classic desert views of sandstone domes, large views of the area, wave rocks like near the neighboring North Coyote Buttes area as well as some of the largest petroglyphs in the area. This is a flat hike through the wash for about two miles before reaching the large wave wall. This hike is also a good choice when the Buckskin Gulch is running or wet and muddy. Wintertime can have ice and snow located inside the gulch so this is a good off season option. Hike time is around 4-5 hours and total tour time is 7-7.5 hours in total. Wire Pass Trailhead: This is the shortest and fastest way into the Buckskin Gulch. Wire pass starts out inn a wash and within about 1 mile you begin a very narrow slot that becomes great with color and texture as you move along. Arriving at the confluence of the Buckskin Gulch and Wire Pass we often take a break for something to drink or eat and enjoy the majestic large alcove. After a short break we move onto the Buckskin Gulch itself and walk either up canyon or down canyon for more stunning views. Buckskin gulch offers the special classic slot canyon look some photographers want to see and it’s just adventurous enough for hikers as well. Our total time is 7-7.5 hours and hiking time is 4-5 hours of flat hiking with some possibility of rocky or wet sections.

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4.9 / 5

based on 11 reviews

What a unique place and experience! Our guide was knowledgeable about the area, He helped us set up some fun photo ops. Highly recommend for those that can handle a super bumpy car ride and hot temperatures (in the summer).

Terrific guide in Kyle Walker, fun hiking around and on the White Pockets. No lunch provided but didn’t matter, loved the adventure.


Our guide was a really nice person with plenty of knowledge about the region.The trip was very nice because it was only two of us.

Stunning place. Super nice informative guide but long day in the car to get there and back. Part of the deal...