The Grand Canyons Region - One of the world's premiere hiking destinations. Just look in any direction of the compass and you have numerous hiking trails to choose from. This is one of the world's most scenically diverse regions and hiking opportunities range from red rock trails, canyoneering in slot canyons, high mountain forests and more. Come prepared to take the time necessary to explore this incredible niche of the wild west.
Be Aware of the high altitudes and the desert climate.
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Bryce Canyon National Park Area: Here you have choices of hiking along the Paunsaugunt Plateau in the Dixie National Forest above the park, or walking down among the amphitheaters of rock (hoodoos). Bryce Canyon is 20 miles in length and trails descend into the park at nearly every bend in the road. Nearby Kodachrome Basin State Park is a hiking paradise and full of secret trails that weave among the formations of the park.
Grand Staircase Area: This is a vast area that offers a great diversity of trails to discover. Access to the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument can be achieved from Kanab, from Glendale and Alton, or from the Bryce Canyon area. Slot Canyons, rim trails, sand dunes, and more await the avid hiker within the Grand Staircase.
Grand Canyon Area: With the Grand Canyon north rim you have a couple of good options. One is to venture into the Kaibab National Forest following forest hiking trails or others that follow the rim of the Grand Canyon. The second option is to drop-down off the north rim and follow trails down to the Colorado River below. In some cases you'll come across waterways that stair-step their way down to join the Colorado River.
Zion National Park Area: Hiking in Zion National Park can be very easy, moderate or very challenging. Take your pick. Short hikes take you to scenic overlooks, pools of water or along the Virgin River. Other hikes ascend the large formations within the park and take you to spectacular overlooks.
Kanab Area: In and around the Kanab, Utah area you'll find trails that venture along the bases of rock plateaus or sneak back into quiet side canyons. A visit to the BLM office will provide you with additional details about trails in this area.
Accommodations / Services: When you stay in the Grand Canyons region you are literally centrally located to go a different direction every day. Duck Creek Village, the communities in the east Zion area, and Kanab all offer lodging, dining, shopping and other services. Hike by day - dine, shop and relax by night.
Hiking in the Grand Canyons region (Utah's Kane County) can be enjoyed by all skill levels as there are so many areas to find great hikes. For details on how to experience these areas take a look at our Itineraries section in the drop-down menu.
Coyote Buttes: The Wave
Halfway between Page and Kanab you will find a fantastic hiking playground. Coyote Buttes and The “Wave” are some of the world’s most famous natural phenomena. This fantasyland of sculptured sandstone on the Utah/Arizona Border consists of undulating U-shaped troughs that remind the visitor of large ocean swells. Due to its fragile nature, access is limited, so check with the Kanab Visitor Center for entry information. Nearby you’ll find acres of sandstone and rock formations that inspire the imagination! This extremely rugged and remote region is best experienced with one of the many local guides and off-road outfitters, which can be arranged at the Kanab Visitor Center.
Coyote Buttes: White Pocket
The area of White Pocket on the Paria Plateau in Northern Arizona is very impressive indeed! While many are lured and wait their turn to visit the infamous "Wave" in the North Coyote Buttes, the "White Pocket" area to the east is seldom visited. Maybe because of its remoteness or the requirement of 4WD to access the area. The impressive White Pocket will fill the senses beyond imagination! The drive to the swirling, twisted, multicolored natural artwork is an adventure in its own right, and the exploration by foot is endless. Whether spending just a couple of hours or an entire weekend, "White Pocket" will surely become "top of the top" in the list of special places. This area has colors, shapes and textures that are hard to beat, but remember that it is an extremely fragile environment and the utmost care should be taken to preserve this place. Tread lightly and make it a point to see if you can leave the area without anyone ever having known that you were there. Stay on the slickrock when possible, but be careful not to snap off thin fins and don't trample the delicate vegetation between the small mounds of beautiful stone. This area should, and can be, saved for any and all that visit in the future.
Coyote Buttes Special Permit Offices
Arizona Strip Field Office: 345 East Riverside Drive St. George, Utah 84790 435.688.3200
Kanab Office: 318 N 100 E Kanab, Utah 84741 435.644.4600.
Paria Contact Station: Located south of Highway 89 between mile post 21 and 22, between Kanab and Page, Arizona.