December 10, 2016
I left Cottonwood Canyon late morning and considered driving to Kanab, but the boondocking spots around Kanab aren’t’ very interesting or pretty, so I opted to stay at Whitehouse Campground, 35-miles west of Page, on US 89, and do some exploring of the sandstone there. It is a two-mile drive into the campground from the highway.
Calling it a campground is a bit of a stretch. It’s actually a trail head with walk-in tent camp sites. The trailhead is used by people doing such hikes as Buckskin Gulch, and The Paria Canyon.
A few years back I did The Buckskin Gulch backpack trip with a friend, and we left our vehicle here and paid for a shuttle to the trail head at Wire Pass. Buckskin Gulch is thought to be the longest slot canyon in the world, and Backpacker Magazine named it the most dangerous hike in the United States.
I made a video of the hike down Buckskin Gulch and back up The Paria Canyon to our awaiting vehicle at Whitehouse. You can watch it on my YouTube Channel ~ Buckskin Gulch ~ Wire Pass to Paria Canyon.
As you can see, the colors in the rock at Whitehouse are incredible. I explored around there, and up a wash that is on the left about a quarter-mile or so before the campground.
There are a lot of these iron-like concretions on the slick rock up the wash, and further up there is a kind of slot canyon. It’s short and sweet, and fun to walk up and down.
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Naturally I had the entire place to myself, this being December, and I didn’t meet another person. In the spring and fall, this place is hustling though, so be warned.
The next day was my birthday, and I thought it would be nice to do something special. I had my mind set on a big whole-milk latte, if I could find a coffee shop in Kanab. It was also a Sunday, and many things close on Sunday’s in Utah.
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I did manage to find a place for that latte, and learned that the grocery store in Kanab had free WiFi, so I sat in the parking lot and caught up on emails and stuff. For my birthday celebration I had a camp fire in a spot not far from The Best Friends Animal Society. It was a very sandy spot, because it’s close to The Coral Pink Sand Dunes. The most comforting part of my birthday evening was the fact that I could hear the dogs barking all night, and I was grateful to know that every one of them had been rescued and would probably find a new home.
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