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Though compared to other National Parks, Staircase-Escalante National Monument will seem quite empty, if you want to escape whatever crowds there are, a great hiking area is Paria Canyon. Generally, only backpackers or people camping at White House campground utilize this gorgeous area. We were camping there and had just got our permits for the following day to hike The Wave so rather than waste a day, we hiked down the wide Paria Canyon into the Paria Narrows, which look pretty much exactly like Buckskin Gulch. In fact, you could make a loop of the two if you have two parties with two vehicles.
The hike to the confluence is 14 miles round trip. We hiked in and out of each and found it perfectly satisfactory and easier logistically though it required two days and hence two day use permits. We walked in our water shoes which was fine for the wet sections of the Narrows but it was a long dry walk back and our feet started to get sore. If I was to do it again, I'd hike in boots and carry the water shoes for the Narrows. In wetter times of the year, the Paria Canyon can have more water in it but that was not the case when we did it in mid-May.
Permits for the Paria Canyon are available via a self-pay envelope station at the White House campground. This can also be done as a 38 mile backpacking trip to Lee's Ferry in Arizona but that is a limited permit that must be attained at the ranger station.
Directions: Starts at White House Campground, down a dirt road from Paria Ranger Station.
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