Photos of Buckskin Gulch - A Slot Canyon in Coyote Buttes

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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: Buckskin Gulch. Larger versions of these photos of Buckskin Gulch can be viewed by using a mouse rollover or by using the Slideshow below. See all TheWorldinLight has to offer at Destinations and Topics.


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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.

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Buckskin Gulch #50
Buckskin Gulch is located in the desert landscape of Coyote Buttes. It's an easy and interesting hike to go through some of Buckskin Gulch, but this slot canyon is too long for most hikers to make it through in a single day.

photo of a slot canyon - Buckskin Gulch
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 to visit.

a narrow passage in Buckskin Gulch, a slot canyon in Utah
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.

the wavy walls of Buckskin Gulch
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.

the orange and brown walls of Buckskin Gulch, a slot canyon in Utah
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.

a Buckskin Gulch photo
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.

looking down at Buckskin Gulch from above
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.

the opening into Buckskin Gulch in Utah
Buckskin Gulch #38
This is a view approaching the entrance to the slot canyon.

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