Fully Guided Tour
23 Mile Trail Run & Fast Pack
Buckskin Gulch is amazing. With our one-day, 23-mile guided trail run you’ll get to see the whole length of it.
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What is included on your tours?
Daytours include pickup and dropoff from local hotels, off-road transportation, natural history narration, guided hiking, photo advice, snacks, water, and lunch on tours of 6 hours or more. Our multi-day tours include all of this plus camping equipment, camp management, three excellent meals, stargazing, sunsets and sunrises for the photographer, and lots more time outside.
How soon should we book?
This depends on several factors, but our best advice is to book as soon as you finalize your plans. We do fill up, and if you have a limited window of opportunity, you may miss out. The smaller your availability window and the tighter your schedule, the earlier you need to book in order to ensure availability. The larger your group, especially if it involves more than one of our trucks (>7 passengers), the earlier you need to book.
How do I reserve my date(s)?
You are able to book online or by contacting us. We do require a 50% deposit to reserve your daytour date(s) and a 1/3 deposit to reserve a multi-day tour. The remaining balance is due the day of your tour at departure. Your guide can take any method of payment.
Can I pay via cash, Paypal, credit card, check?
What is your weather policy? What is your cancellation/reschedule policy?
These policies are all found on our Policies Page. PLEASE NOTE: Because of the constantly changing weather, targets moving over the whole region (our trucks), unpredictability of weather forecasts, the complexities of different road surfaces in different areas, the variable nature of storms as far as coverage and volume in this area, and the fact that some of the best photography weather is often on days with a chance of rain, we do not reflexively cancel tours without solid information. However, as your safety is always paramount in situations where incontrovertible evidence leads us to believe that potentially dangerous situations are probable, we will cancel tours if necessary. We will assume tours will run until departure time. We do not cancel tours until departure time as the most relevant information is at hand. Also if we know of a particular area or time that will be a problem we will often consult with all parties on the tour as to how best to go about re-routing, postponement, or cancellation. Trying to manage this on the phone hours before the tour is nearly impossible. If a party decides to cancel prior to departure time for reasons of weather forecasts, the cancellation will be subject to the standard policy. Cancellations made by us at departure will be accompanied by a full refund if no other solution can be reached. Also the information we have at any given time is often incomplete. For example, we do not know if the Wave is covered in snow or if the route is hikeable, whether roads are impassable in a given location etc….as we do not have a webcam at these remote locations. We do try to network to get better information if we can. Sometimes incontrovertible evidence is only found once the tour has begun. Guessing, followed by reflexive cancellations, we have learned, produces more poor results for everyone involved, than the strategy we take. It is very, very complex making these decisions. We are always monitoring the weather and have many years of experience managing the logistics that are affected by weather in this area. Please trust us to act in both our best interests.
What kind of vehicles do we tour in? Do you offer ATV/Jeep Tours?
All of our tours are run in Chevrolet Suburbans or Crew Cab Silverados for comfort and safety. We do not offer ATV or Jeep Tours.
What do I need to bring on a daytour/overnight?
The biggest things you need to remember on a daytour are a small pack to carry your own water (essential especially on tours with more hiking), jacket for warmth and rain (essential), boots or high top sneakers (optional but optimal in sand), any essential medication, and camera. Other items include extra layers when cold, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, chapstick, and other typical daytime sundries. For scheduled overnights bring all the same except an extra layer or two. You do not need a change of clothes. For overnights in April or October bring a warm hat and gloves. For custom multi-day trips just add a change of clothes or two. On all tours we provide water and snacks. On daytours of more than 6 hours and multi-days more than 24 hours we provide lunch. On scheduled overnights of 24 hours we do not provide lunch so please eat before you come.
What is the weather like there at various times of year?
We want to do one of your overnight tours, but aren’t able to make any of your scheduled dates. What are our options?
Depending upon our schedule, we may be able to add or shift dates. Please contact us with which tour you are interested in and which dates you are considering. Custom multi-days can be arranged APR-OCT depending on availability.
Buckskin Gulch is the longest slot canyon in North America and potentially the world. Over a dozen miles of uninterrupted narrows, plus several miles of mandatory approach to and from the slot canyon on either end, make for a spectacular 20+ mile hike through the belly of the earth that can be traversed in a single, demanding day by exceptionally fit adventurers.
About Buckskin Gulch
With a narrows section that continues for almost 15 miles and reaches a depth of up to 500ft, Buckskin is a classic bucket list adventure. Day hikes into Buckskin Gulch have gained popularity in recent years, yet most visitors only get a taste of Buckskin by doing an out-and-back hike from Wire Pass Trailhead. End-to-end traverses of Buckskin Gulch are not just highly physically demanding, they are also logistically complicated due to a mandatory trailhead shuttle and very remote terrain with few escape options in case of emergency.
About Dreamland’s Buckskin In-A-Day Adventure
Many of the guides here at Dreamland Safari Tours know the Paria Plateau and Buckskin Gulch like the back of their hands. This demanding Buckskin Gulch In-A-Day Trail Run & Fast Pack will be guided by Dreamland’s own Sunny Stroeer who is an experienced desert guide and Wilderness First Responder as well as a seasoned adventure athlete. She has established numerous ultra distance speed records around the world, including a women’s Fastest Known Time on the 45-mile Wire Pass to Lee’s Ferry Route which includes Buckskin Gulch, and is excited to share one of her favorite desert trail runs with you.
What to expect and participation requirements:
In order to participate in this challenging adventure, you need to have completed at least one marathon, or an adventure of equivalent physical difficulty, in the last 36 months; you also should have completed two half-marathon-or-longer trail runs this year. Buckskin Gulch from Wire Pass to White House is flat, but the terrain is entirely rocky and technical which requires a very different fitness level than running on a flat trail or road. We will alternate running at a leisurely pace (think 12-15 minute miles) with hiking segments in order to match the terrain and ensure a sustainable pace for all 23 miles. If you are unsure if this adventure is for you, please give us a call to discuss.
There will be ample opportunities for photos as well as occasional sit down breaks, but please be prepared to be on your feet and move steadily for 9-12 hours. Should the summer months have brought monsoon to Southern Utah, we may spend several hours wading through pools of standing water.
All participants on the Buckskin In-A-Day Adventure will need to bring and carry their own running backpack with the following mandatory gear:
- Hat & sunglasses
- 3 liters of water
- 1500 calories of your preferred trail snacks (GU Energy Labs endurance nutrition will be available for you to use)
- Trail running or lightweight trekking poles
- Lightweight, long sleeve shirt
- Bandaids & emergency blanket
- Electrolytes (also available as part of our GU Energy Labs provisions)
- Spare socks
This guided trail run & fast pack includes:
- An experienced trail running guide
- Trailhead transport from & to Kanab
- Team first-aid kit and satellite messenger communication equipment
- GU Energy Labs gels, chews, stroopwafels & electrolyte tabs as desired
- Buckskin Gulch day-use permits
- Pre-Trip gear & training advice as desired
If you wish to reserve your spot on our Buckskin Gulch adventure click here to get started with online booking or give us a call at 435-644-5506.
September 28 – stick around Kanab for Grand Circle Trailfest!
Fully Guided Tour
Guest Experiences with Dreamland Safari Tours
Steve was an awesome guide and we had a great time hiking White Pocket (Vermillion Cliffs) with him. He customized our hike and planned a great route for us. Since we liked birds he stopped at the California Condor viewing area for us. We got to see 900 year old drawings and then amazing views of the white pocket are from different angles. Lunch was yummy with fresh veggies, fruit and meat. Fantastic Day, highly recommend.
DABEDB – May 20, 2019
Best tour ever. Such a beautiful natural wonder! The journey there and back was also amazing. Andrea was an excellent guide pointing out all kinds of interesting features of the landscape. Her driving was swift and safe in a well maintained all wheel drive vehicle. I would not want to attempt this trip on my own even with a adequate all wheel drive vehicle. White Pocket itself is simply stunning. I would recommend this tour to anyone who appreciates natural wonders.
I8990KDrobertr – May 16, 2019
Took a tour of White Pocket with Dreamland at the end of April with Andrea as our tour guide. It was a great experience. White pocket is very difficult to get to – both in terms of terrain and directions. Having a guide to get you there safely, as well as give some interesting history and facts on the area was great. Would definitely recommend!
Jamie U – May 12, 2019
Bailey did a great job for our small group. My wife and I enjoyed everyone’s company as well as the good lunch prepared for us. It takes a while to get out to White Pocket, but you will be glad you made the effort to see this fascinating area.
Departure68316626825 – May 10, 2019
Just completed a truly wonderful visit to White Pocket on a photo safari with Dreamland and AZ Highways Photo Tours. Dreamland’s outfitters were outstanding. Food was almost too good and plentiful. Their service and attention to detail is outstanding. Not sure when my next trip is with them but I’m already looking forward to it!
Terry G – May 7, 2019
A Word about Flash Floods in Buckskin Gulch
Buckskin Gulch is considered ‘the most dangerous hike in the world’ due to its susceptibility to flash flooding. If there is any rain in the forecast, it is unsafe to enter Buckskin Gulch. We carefully choose a date for this trail adventure that carries a low likelihood of monsoonal storms and other seasonal precipitation. Should the weather not cooperate, we will pivot to an equally spectacular ‘backup’ route of similar difficulty – possible alternatives include rare locations along the Paria Plateau, Grand Staircase Escalante or possibly even the Grand Canyon.
If necessary, weather-related rerouting decisions will be made at the last minute; rerouting does NOT entitle participants to a refund. We work hard to create a flash-flood mitigation backup route which is equally challenging, rewarding and beautiful as traversing the length of Buckskin Gulch. If flash flood risk makes it unsafe to enter Buckskin Gulch, we will reroute this trail adventure to a different location which is not as exposed to the risk of flash floods.