Coyote Buttes North
Escalante (Page 1)
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Scout Cave Trail
Snow Canyon (Page 1)
Snow Canyon (Page 2)
Snow Canyon (Page 3)
St. George Sculptures
Zion (Page 1)
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Buckskin Gulch is possibly the longest slot canyon in the world. With swirling colorful and jagged sandstone walls in places
only a few feet apart and rising over a hundred feet above, it is a fascinaing place to visit. It's a favorite hiking
destination for hikers and photgraphers. The slot canyon of Buckskin Gulch is easily accessible, with a hiking
trail leading into it, so no technical skills are required to enjoy its beauty. However, good photos
of Buckskin Gulch pose a challenge due to the low levels of sunlight that reaches the slot canyon
floor. That light has been reflected many times off the tall red sandstone walls making the canyon a subject of
beautiful photos. The use of a tripod and long exposures is necessary to capture its beauty.
The Wire Pass trailhead for Buckskin Gulch can be found on House Rock Road about 8.5 miles south of Highway 89,
about halfway between Kanab, UT and Page, AZ. There is now another trailhead located about 4 miles south of the
highway. Buckskin Gulch is subject to flash floods and does serve to drain a very large watershed, so be
sure to hike the canyon during dry periods. For more information visit the BLM site at:
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Buckskin Gulch #51
In some short sections of Buckskin Gulch, the walls of this slot canyon are closer together than the width
of an adult's shoulders, requiring most hikers to move through sideways.
Buckskin Gulch #50
Buckskin Gulch is located in the desert landscape of Coyote Buttes. It's an easy and interesting hike to go
of Buckskin Gulch, but this slot canyon is too long for most hikers to make it through in a single day.
Buckskin Gulch #26
Buckskin Gulch is thought to be the longest slot canyon in the world. Slot canyons are little more
than narrow crevices through stone mountains. Many slot canyons, Buckskin Gulch included, are
susceptible to flash floods that make them very dangerous places to be after a rain. But these
flash floods sculpt the walls of slot canyons to make them more interesting and beautiful places
Buckskin Gulch #44
Much of Buckskin Gulch lacks the brilliant colors of some slot canyons, but there are places where
the wavy textured walls are colorful and very attractive.
Buckskin Gulch #52
This is a photograph of Buckskin Gulch in Coyote Buttes - a slot canyon in a remote area along
the desert landscape of the Arizona and Utah border.
Buckskin Gulch #53
Always check the weather before hiking into Buckskin Gulch. This slot canyon can be deadly due
to flash floods after a rain.
Buckskin Gulch #45
No technical climbing skills are needed to hike through Buckskin Gulch. It's possible to walk to
it and through it without the need for ropes or rappelling.
Buckskin Gulch #21
This is a view of Buckskin Gulch from above. From this photo, it's easy to see why they call Buckskin Gulch
a slot canyon.
Buckskin Gulch #38
This is a view approaching the entrance to the slot canyon.
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Robert D. Stephens
TheWorldinLight Photographic Gallery