Tall Tales From The Field

This Ain’t No Ordinary Gulch!

Buckskin Gulch along the Arizona/Utah border is the longest slot canyon in the United States. I’ve never completed the whole thing but just a few miles into this abyss is enough to gather some good images. I dragged some friends along who made for some pretty good models(No Royalties Due) and for a good sense of scale. It’s about 13 miles and ends at the Paria River which together make a great backpacking trip.

 

Hikers in Buckskin Gulch at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Utah

 

Hikers in Buckskin Gulch at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Utah

 

A hiker stands in awe of the steep sandstone walls of Buckskin Gulch at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument , Utah

 

Hikers in Buckskin Gulch at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Utah

 

Hikers in Buckskin Gulch at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Utah

Kayleigh In Awe.

 

Hikers in Buckskin Gulch at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Utah

Spiderman Patrick

 

Hikers in Buckskin Gulch at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Utah

 

Buckskin Gulch

The longest hike ever for Eric.

 

Hikers in Buckskin Gulch at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Utah

 

Hikers in Buckskin Gulch at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Utah

Sometimes I get out in front of the camera to enjoy the scenery.

 

Hikers in Buckskin Gulch at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Utah

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24 responses

  1. Beautiful photos although the trail looks a bit scary to me 🙂

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    March 26, 2016 at 12:41 AM

  2. Amy

    Stunning!!! Can’t imagine being there and walking through the rock alley.
    Thank you for the post, Michael!

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    March 26, 2016 at 5:59 AM

  3. Nice! Though I understand that slot canyons can be a bit dangerous during flash floods.

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    March 26, 2016 at 7:12 AM

  4. Thirteen miles seems like a long hike, you must be well-conditioned! Beautiful shots of this amazing place. If this was formed by water, does water still flow here, as in flash floods?

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    March 26, 2016 at 7:55 AM

    • We only went in about 3 miles and they still get flash floods there but there was zero chance of rain the other day.

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      March 26, 2016 at 8:57 AM

  5. Been there, great place. Now, have you been to the nearby Wave?

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    March 26, 2016 at 12:07 PM

    • I’ve been to The Wave 5 times. It’s pretty easy to get a walk in permit during the winter months and I live an hour away from the BLM office that issues the permits via lottery

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      March 26, 2016 at 12:11 PM

      • Oh my, I am jealous. I guess winter is as good as any season for shooting the wave…

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        March 26, 2016 at 12:46 PM

  6. Pure awesomeness!!!

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    March 26, 2016 at 9:20 PM

  7. Wow, what a stunning place. The colours are amazing.

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    March 27, 2016 at 2:24 AM

  8. Great photos and the people do give it great scale. Is it pretty easy to find your way in these canyons or is it easy to get lost?

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    March 28, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    • Thanks Jenny. This one is pretty easy to find, some are not so easy and you need a good guide or map!

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      March 31, 2016 at 11:03 PM

      • Hiking the fins in arches required a guide probably because so many people get lost. I always think of that when I see places like this. Great photos. Have a good weekend.

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        April 1, 2016 at 9:17 AM

      • Thanks Jenny, You have a good weekend too!

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        April 1, 2016 at 9:31 AM

  9. Just beautiful.

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    April 6, 2016 at 4:41 PM

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