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Paria River Canyon, Utah one of the best hikes in the world

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Re: Paria River Canyon, Utah one of the best hikes in the world
« Reply #15 on: November 11, 2009, 09:10:42 PM »
Wow, thanks for the pics and detailed trip report, it was fabulous to read and imagine myself there!  So, it was 44 miles or so, how many days did you take?  I've explored the upper parts but seeing the rest really primes me to explore it!  I don't mind so much the idea of packing out the poop, I expect it will become more widespread. 

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Re: Paria River Canyon, Utah one of the best hikes in the world
« Reply #16 on: November 13, 2009, 07:12:32 PM »
Thanks all,
I would have replied sooner but my modem melted down  :pissed:

If you ever have a chance I would recommend this trip. It is somewhat easier to do if you walk down the Paria from the Whitehouse trailhead to the confluence and then dayhike up into Buckskin Gulch and at least get the bottom few miles of it. Of course the water in the narrows of the Paria just upstream of the confluence was reported to be neck deep  :icon_eek: so it is not all that easy, at least right now.

If you ever want to go PM me and I can give you all kinds of further info.

So, it was 44 miles or so, how many days did you take?  I've explored the upper parts but seeing the rest really primes me to explore it!  I don't mind so much the idea of packing out the poop, I expect it will become more widespread. 

Yep 44 miles from Wire Pass to Lee's Ferry, 38 from the Whitehouse trailhead to Lee's Ferry. We took it leisurely in 5.5-6 days (5 nights) some people race through it in 3-4 days but it would be a shame.
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
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Re: Paria River Canyon, Utah one of the best hikes in the world
« Reply #17 on: November 13, 2009, 07:49:54 PM »
Beautiful! Did you witness any features resembling cliff dwellings?

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Re: Paria River Canyon, Utah one of the best hikes in the world
« Reply #18 on: November 13, 2009, 08:16:06 PM »
Beautiful! Did you witness any features resembling cliff dwellings?

While there are lots of petroglyphs there was no sign of cliff dwellings, they may have stayed more up on the mesas above the river.  I have never seen a cliff dwelling on the western side of Utah but lots on the eastern side.
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Re: Paria River Canyon, Utah one of the best hikes in the world
« Reply #19 on: November 16, 2009, 11:48:17 AM »
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While there are lots of petroglyphs there was no sign of cliff dwellings, they may have stayed more up on the mesas above the river.  I have never seen a cliff dwelling on the western side of Utah but lots on the eastern side.

The premiere cliff dwellers were the Anasazi and this area is pushing the western limits of their range.  I have seen pictures of granaries and very small dwellings that are located somewhere in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, which is due north of Paria.  My guess is that they may have been in this are for hunting purposes, but did not establish permanent communities.

I see that you camped in Buckskin itself, on a ledge.  I'd still worry about doing that.  I have hiked the upper two or three miles of Buckskin and the lower three miles.  I'd love to do the whole thing.  I hiked the length of Paria starting at Whitehouse.  It really is a wonderful canyon, even by Utah/Arizona standards. The general availability of water makes it that much better.
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Re: Paria River Canyon, Utah one of the best hikes in the world
« Reply #20 on: November 16, 2009, 12:26:34 PM »
I see that you camped in Buckskin itself, on a ledge.  I'd still worry about doing that.  I have hiked the upper two or three miles of Buckskin and the lower three miles.  I'd love to do the whole thing.  I hiked the length of Paria starting at Whitehouse.  It really is a wonderful canyon, even by Utah/Arizona standards. The general availability of water makes it that much better.

The weather forecast was so solid that I was not worried and would have felt OK camping in the wash but up on the ledge was a bit more reassuring and maybe a bit warmer. It was right at the Middle Trail exit and had it started raining or a flood came down we could/would have scampered up that and out for sure.

I am glad you have enjoyed the area too.
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Re: Paria River Canyon, Utah one of the best hikes in the world
« Reply #21 on: November 16, 2009, 01:46:42 PM »
That looks like an outstanding trip......Utah one of my favorite places..... :eusa_clap: :eusa_clap:

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Re: Paria River Canyon, Utah one of the best hikes in the world
« Reply #22 on: November 16, 2009, 02:12:38 PM »
Very amazing place and a great report! 
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