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The Ultimate Southwest Vacation includes Coyote Buttes, The Wave, Paria Canyon and Vermillion Cliffs National Monument!
Stay in Mt. Carmel Jct., the heart of the parks, and visit
the treasures of the Southwest.
Zion Park 12 miles
Plan your Paria Canyon vacation
with our Utah and Arizona maps.
Grand Staircase 9 miles
Sand Dunes 11 miles
Dixie Forest 22 miles
Cedar Breaks 45 miles
Red Canyon 47 miles
Coyote Butte 57 miles
Bryce Canyon 60 miles
North Rim 85 miles
Toroweap 90 miles
In these pages you will find insiders information on the best
Coyote Buttes hikes. This detailed
guide includes road maps, permits, park maps, pictures, trail beta, backpacking,
history, fees, geology, flora, fauna, campgrounds.
Paria Canyon Directions
From Mount Carmel Junction, drive 17 miles to Kanab. Leave Kanab, drive 40 miles
east on Highway 89. The turn-off is located on the south (right side coming from
Kanab) side of the road. Its between mile markers 25 and 26, at a curve in the
road, at the end of a guard rail. Turn at the unmarked dirt road. This is House
The Paw Hole section of South Coyote Buttes
has some wonderfully bizarre sandstone formations including this wonderful grotto.
It's 10 miles to the Stateline Campground from Highway 89. There are only 4 spots,
so if you want to camp get a spot early. It's first come first use. Two of the
camp sights are in Utah and two are in Arizona. There is no water, but there
are vault toilets.
Coyote Buttes Special Permit Offices
Arizona Strip Field Office: 345 East Riverside Drive St. George 435.688.3200.
Kanab Office: 318 N 100 E 435.644.4600
Paria Contact Station: Located south of Highway 89 between mile post 21 and 22,
between Kanab and Page, Az.
Gear: A sturdy pair of shoes are recommend to hike in Paria Canyon. Quality
shoes will help grip the rocks and prevent injury. Experienced hikers like the
Sportiva Exum Ridge. This shoe is great for hiking, bouldering and canyoneering.
Beta: Coordinates, trail and canyoneering information by Zion
Park search and rescue veteran team member, Bo
Beck and www.zionnational-park.com author Tanya Milligan.
South Coyote Buttes
The fragile and more remote South Coyote Buttes are as magnificent as the north, but lacking the popularity of "The Wave." South Coyote Butte formations are fragile, but the Paw Hole formations are a little hardier than the Cottonwood Teepees.
Paria Canyon contains the spectacular Coyote Buttes Special
Management Area. The notorious sandstone buttes sit at the bottom of Utah's Grand
Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the upper section of Arizona's Paria
Canyon-Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness.
Paw Hole at a Glance
Photo Album: South
Coyote Buttes Pictures
Topo Map: Paw
Hole Topo Map
Day hike: Yes. No overnight camping inside the hiking
Trail Distance: 3 miles
Average hiking time: 4 hours
Accessible Trail: No.
Usage: Limited to 20 people per day. Group size
6 persons. The road is impassable if wet.
Sun Exposure: Full sun. There is no shade and the dark
red rock and sand will reflect the sun and amplify the effects of heat, Carry
at least 1 gallon of water per person in the summer.
Required. Limited to 6 in a group. Day use only. Apply for an online permit or
pick them up in person. Choose Coyote Butte South. Cost is $5 per person. Kanab
BLM Office: 318 N 100 E 435.644.4600 Paria BLM office is 4 miles east of the
Wire Pass turn-off.
Trail Conditions: A high clearance vehicle is needed.
A 4WD is suggested to get to the trailhead, but in good conditions the road may
be passable in a 2WD. The sandy road is impassable if wet.
Trailend: Same as trailhead
Best Season: Spring and Fall. Hot in the summer, when
the weather cooperates this is a good winter hike.
Off the beaten path: Yes
Starting Elevation: 5950'/1814m
Highest Elevation: 6350'/1935m
Elevation: gain 400' - loss 400'
Restrooms: Vault toilet at the Wire Pass Trailhead
and the State line Campground.
House Rock Road
Continue past the Wire Pass Trailhead (8.3 miles) to the Utah - Arizona State
line This is the border of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in
Utah and the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona.
Continue on House Rock Road. The next trailhead is unmarked but it is the Notch,
an alternate route into "The Wave." The turn-off for South Coyote Buttes
is also unmarked, but it's 17 miles from Highway 89 and its on the left side of
the road. If you get to the Honeymoon Trail sign at 18 miles you have gone too
A high clearance vehicle is required for this sometimes rocky but very sandy
road and a 4WD is suggested. The first landmark is Lone Tree Reservoir at .2
miles. Don't expect water there often, but there is one lone Juniper tree at
the usually dry hole. Shortly after is a welcome sign to the Vermillion Cliffs
National Monument, then farther down the road is a sign for Coyote Buttes. The
parking area for the Paw Hole route is 2.5 miles.
Paw Hole Exploration
Park and go through the fence, headed north - northeast toward the hoodoos
and buttes. There is no established trail, instead this route is more of an exploration
around the hoodoos. From the trailhead, the southeast side of the trailhead offers
some nice formations.
Look for the small arch, at the top of the first hoodoo that is seen from
the parking area. The climb is forth class, and not recommended due to the fragile
rock. Toward the northeast is a beautiful sandstone bowl located at the end of
the dunes. Again, do not climb the fragile rock. Hike around the bowl, walking
along the sand toward the hoodoos to the northeast. After heading west, House
Rock Road and more hoodoos become visible. Head toward the rock formations. On
the western slope, to the north, the sandstone gets really interesting. Locate
the angular shaped grotto. Inside are fragile fins and soft sand. Explore the
area around the grotto before hiking in the direction of the parking area. If
you take the route on the western edge of the butte, there is some 4th class
climbing at the bottom of the cliff.