16mi Buckskin Gulch
Ran the Cottonwood Narrows just to get the blood pumping before we drove out Cottonwood Rd. Nothing spectacular, but worthwhile with its proximity to the road. A quick stop at the Paria Ranger station sent us towards Wire Pass TH and Buckskin gulch. Thankfully, the policy for getting a Wave permit doesn't allow you to just show up. We might have gone that direction and missed this gem. They tote Buckskin Gulch as the longest and deepest slot in America. Or as we say, the most Slotty. Right off the bat, Wire Pass was red and gorgeous. When we met Buckskin, we went upstream about a mile. Turning around and heading back down stream, I couldn't help but think everyday on this trip has been better than the day before, again. We passed Wire Pass and continued downstream Buckskin. We crossed a waist deep puddle and 4 more no deeper than knee in the first mile. After that it was a nice sandy trail with an occasional mud puddle here and there. Beyond words to describe, so prepare to be inundated with pictures. Even still, just go there and check it yourself!