Saturday, April 12, 2014

Buckskin Gulch, Utah

This ride is a spectacular taste of the slot canyons and desert terrain of Southern Utah.  It is best done in early Spring or Autumn.  The heat gets intense here in the summer and there is no water on the trail. 
From Kanab, UT, drive east on Highway 89 for 38 miles. Turn right onto House Rock Valley Road. This road is compacted dirt and accessible by 2WD cars. The Buckskin trailhead is 4.5 miles down this dirt road. 

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This is the House Rock Valley road.  It is deemed impassable when wet.

Parking area for horse trailers just before the regular trailhead parking.  You can park in the trailhead parking, but space is limited.  There is a restroom.  Dispersed camping is allowed.  Check at the trailhead for fees and permits.  There is no water.  Bring your own.

Permits are required to hike or ride in the area.  $6 per person.  Half-price for Senior Access passes.  Have cash change ready.
Total miles ridden=9.57; Minimum altitude=4,310 ft; Maximum altitude=4,777 ft. Total ascent=863 ft; Total descent=913 ft; Trail conditions: 95% sand, 5% rocky
Here is a link to GPS tracks and other helpful information:

Petroglyphs at the junction of the Wire Pass access.  No horses are allowed on the Wire Pass section.  This junction is as far as horses are allowed.

Nice place for a lunch break.

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