Hike to the White Pocket

Paria Plateau Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by David Kingham

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.

Distance

4 Miles RT

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Chillin, Camping, Photography, Hiking

Dog Friendly
Scenic

Nearby Lodging

From $237/night
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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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Still one of my faves

I hope they keep the roads rough because this place is still a hidden gem!

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.

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.

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