Buckskin Gulch/Paria Canyon shuttle

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Buckskin Gulch/Paria Canyon shuttle

Postby new england kid » Sun Mar 17, 2013 5:11 pm

I have permits to hike Buckskin Gulch/Paria Canyon from the Wire Pass trailhead in late April. Does anyone have experience with the shuttle services recommended on the BLM website or had another experience with the logistics of this hike? We will only have one car so won't be able to run a shuttle ourselves. Any information you can share would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Re: Buckskin Gulch/Paria Canyon shuttle

Postby painless4u2 » Sun Mar 17, 2013 6:27 pm

Did this hike a few years back. We used Paria Outpost for the shuttle to Buckskin Gulch TH, then hiked to White House. They were fine, nothing fancy. As I remember, we were crammed in a small pickup for the shuttle, certainly no big, comfy van. It's a fitting start, I suppose, as you are about to get really dirty and mucky on this long, narrow hike.
It really is an amazing place, very worthwhile. But man, pool after pool of stinky, stagnant mud/water kinda gets old after a while. Also, be ready for the little downclimb at the "rock pile". A short rope would be helpful. There was an old one left in place there back then, but I wouldn't depend on it.

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Re: Buckskin Gulch/Paria Canyon shuttle

Postby pbakwin » Sun Mar 17, 2013 9:12 pm

We used Betty Price out of Lee's Ferry for the shuttle 6 years ago. Maybe she's still there. Betty was very nice & it worked out just fine. She drove some kind of SUV.
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Re: Buckskin Gulch/Paria Canyon shuttle

Postby weh » Sun Mar 17, 2013 9:38 pm

Curious, what days? My wife and I have permitted 4/15 and 4/16. Please let me know who you choose.
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Re: Buckskin Gulch/Paria Canyon shuttle

Postby gzrrnnr » Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:36 am

Not sure what route you are taking, but many years ago, I went from the White House TH west on the highway a couple of miles, then SW on a 4WD road to the House Rock Valley Road (maybe four miles), south on the HRVR to where upper Buckskin Gulch crosses the road (check a map for the location), then down Buckskin Gulch to the Paria, and up the Paria back to the White House TH. It was a long day and maybe 30ish miles, but no shuttle was needed. Incredible country and quite an adventure. Good luck and enjoy it all, from the mud hole called the Cesspool to the drop off, the rock art, and playing in the Paria.
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Re: Buckskin Gulch/Paria Canyon shuttle

Postby new england kid » Mon Mar 18, 2013 9:08 am

Thanks for the replies so far. Our dates are April 23-24 and our planned route is Wire Pass to White House.
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Re: Buckskin Gulch/Paria Canyon shuttle

Postby Scott P » Mon Mar 18, 2013 9:25 am

If so, it shouldn't be that hard to get a ride. There should be other people around then too.

Also consider bringing a bike for the shuttle, though it would take a few hours.
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Re: Buckskin Gulch/Paria Canyon shuttle

Postby new england kid » Tue Apr 30, 2013 12:19 pm

Thanks everyone! We ended up using Paria Outpost for a shuttle. They were very professional, prompt and full of good information about the surrounding area. Meanwhile, this hike is amazing! Definitely a highlight in our spring road trip (Fruita - Fisher Towers - Buckskin Gulch/Paria Canyon - Grand Staircase-Escalante - Casto Canyon - Bryce - Lower Calf Creek Falls - Capitol Reef - Goblin Valley - Ding & Dang Canyons - Crazy Mountain Brewery). Whew!

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