Hike to the White Pocket

Arizona Paria Plateau Trailhead

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The twisting and turning rocks of White Pocket are amazing. There is a variety of colors to make it a photographers paradise. Hardly any people which makes it a must for photographers. 4 mile roundtrip hike.

White Pocket is extremely difficult to access due to the road leading to it. There are sections with very deep, soft sand going uphill! You must have a high clearance 4WD vehicle and air down your tires to have any hope of making it here. Do not take this lightly, a tow bill will cost you a minimum of $1,000. When you reach the trailhead, it is short hike into the White Pocket to the west, an easy hike even with uneven terrain through the rock. There is no permit or fee required due to the remoteness of the area. If there has been rain recently, do not attempt this, the House Rock Valley Road is clay and turns into an epic disaster when wet.

Please visit the Paria Contact Station which is located south of Highway 89 between mile post 21 and 22, between Kanab and Page, Arizona for directions and current conditions.

Pack List

  • Hiking gear (shoes, clothes, pack)
  • Water
  • Food/ snacks
  • Camping gear (if you decide to stay around; tent, sleeping bag, clothes, etc.)
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How to Get There

10 months ago

One of the most pristine places in the Southwest

Of course make sure for you have a 4x4 and follow the roads carefully. GPS will help. There are multiple roads to get there which can be a challenge. Also be sure to print out your maps before you go because there isn't cell service out there. You can search online for directions. Depending on the season there is a possibly for deep sand so be aware. But once you get there and see it for yourself you're jaw will be hard to pull off the ground! I can't wait to head back.

10 months ago

about 1 year ago

Off the beaten path for now...

Find solitude mid-week and nevermind the fuss over the Coyote Buttes permits. Go in Spring or Fall for better hopes of diffuse light midday. Heed the warnings and make sure you have a suitable vehicle or hire a guide.

about 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

Stunning

I would go back here for sure! We set up camp not far from the parking spot and enjoyed the amazing sunset and stars for the night. Although WARNING... the 'get directions' option that opens up a map in google maps did not take us the easiest way. Although doable, the road we took to arrive( Winter something I believe) was much worse than the one we came out on.

over 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

Wow

An amazing, unique place. I will second the warnings to have an adequate vehicle: we rented one from xpress in kanab that was a little pricy but worth it. White pocket may move to a permit system, so now is your chance to go whenever and camp close by sans fees or a lottery! The light at sunrise and sunset there was magical.

over 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

Desert Beauty

No permit needed, and more attractive and photogenic than the Wave in my opinion. It really is a mission to get out here, 2 hours or so on dirt "roads" with deep, soft sand. Come prepared with a good 4x4 with high clearance and a mate to help push you out if you need. Beautiful place for photography all year round.

over 1 year ago

almost 2 years ago

Incredible area - don't take the road warning lightly!

Great info for one of the most awe-inspiring location in the Desert South West - the info is correct about the road - it's difficult at best in even dry conditions due to the deep sand, and impassible when wet due to mud. When conditions are right, it's worth the effort.

almost 2 years ago

almost 2 years ago

Endless photographic opportunities

You could spend over a week here photographing all the amazing sunrise/sunset compositions.

almost 2 years ago

almost 2 years ago

Some of the best night skies in Utah

A great location for night photography. Amazing rock formations that look great during sunset. A 4WD with high clearance is a must in order to get to this location

almost 2 years ago

over 2 years ago

I've always wanted to go here. Looks amazing!

over 2 years ago

Added by David Kingham

I am a nomadic photographer primarily traveling the US West and sharing my experiences along the way.
 
 You can see more at davidkingham.com, read about my travels at nomadicdestiny.com or sign up for a photo tour at exploringexposure.com

Activities:

Chillin, Camping, Photography, Hiking

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Spring, Autumn, Winter

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

4 Miles

Rating:

Features:

Dog Friendly
Scenic

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