Hiking Through Wire Pass Slot Canyon

Wire Pass Trailhead

Distance: 3.4 miles. Scenic Slot Canyon. Flat Hike. Great Alternative To Permit Only Hikes.

Wire Pass is a hike through a scenic slot canyon that is often overlooked due to it's close proximity to the very famous Wave. Unlike the "Wave" a permit is not required to make the hike, only a day use fee at the trail head.

Getting to the trail head requires a 8 mile drive on a fairly well maintained dirt road(could be impassable during storms) called House Rock Valley Road. A high clearance vehicle is not mandatory, but would be a good idea.

Starting off on the trail just follow the wash as it meanders along the desert as it will lead you right to the slot canyons of Wire Pass.

There are a couple small sections of canyon that are a prelude to the main canyon. A short distance later and you enter into much taller and narrower sections that are a highlight of the hike.

The only major obstacle of the hike comes up pretty quick in this section of The Wire Pass slot canyon. A 7-8 foot drop that isn't too bad going down, but coming back up can be a challenge if alone. I'm 6'0 and fairly experienced at scrambling and didn't have too much trouble. If you are much shorter or lack experience in this kind of hiking you could turn around at this point.

Following the tightest part of the slot canyon the walls open up to the huge intersection of Buckskin Gulch. Here you will find the huge arch in the wall and at the south end there are even some Petroglyphs to see as well.

Pack List

  • Hiking boots
  • Water and snacks
  • Teton Sports Backpack
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Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Dog Friendly


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a red rock slot

great hike with easy access to the start. there is about a 7ft drop to get down but not real difficult. After that it's easy going slot canyon to the confluence of Wire Pass & Buckskin Gulch. From there you can turn back or keep going either left or right into Buckskin Gulch. It is a fee area so have some cash at the trail head. $6/person.

Wire Pass

I’m a local in the area and I love this hike. Awesome petroglyphs and it leads you right into buckskin gulch. There is one spot that may be hard for children or elderly people. You should do weather research before just to make sure there won’t be any flash floods in the area. It may be sunny but miles away there could be rain which may lead into the canyon.

Super Easy And Fun

Did it with our 5 and 7 year old. 1.7 miles down Wire Pass to Buckskin Gultch. Cool Petroglyphs just before the gultch. We hiked north for another 1.5 miles or so. Worth the trip.

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