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Buckskin Gulch | by mark willocks
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Buckskin Gulch

I'm continuing here a series from the incredible Buckskin Gulch. This is reported to be the longest slot canyon in the world, at over 4 miles. It is quite near the famous "Wave" of Coyote Buttes, in fact the first part of the hike from the parking lot at Wire Pass is along the same trail. I didn't hike the entire canyon, since I still needed to get back to Phoenix that evening, but I did spend a fantastic 5 hours or so photographing and gaping at the spectacular beauty. No advance permit is needed at this time (just a fee at the trailhead), so if you are unsuccessful at getting a permit for Coyote Buttes, it's a worthy consolation prize.


This shot shows one of the frequent pools one has to wade through to see this canyon. They are murky and quite cold. After a while, I forgot that my feet were cold as the beauty of the place overwhelms the senses.


Addendum from Nov 2010: Recent floods have rearranged the bottom of the canyon and I was able to hike quite a ways without encountering any pools that required wading.


Many thanks to 'the La bellezza delle pietre ' Group for including this shot on the front page.


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Taken on October 9, 2008