The desert tributary that joins the Colorado River at Lee's Ferry and can be paddled after rare heavy rain events.
Check out the AW Archives for an article from Sept/Oct 1995.
I just spent a week hiking down the Paria. It looked very possible to creek it if you could catch the water levels right. I hiked in through Buckskin Gulch, no way to take a kayak in that way. I don't know what it looks like if you go in through White House. The upper part of the canyon would not have much in the way of rapids and would be extremely dangerous if rain was a possibility. The flash floods are deadly. The lower part of the canyon opens up more and has some areas that would make for some good creek boating. I will be posting a lot of photos from my trip to my Flickr account, look for Paria Canyon and Boilerblues.
Look for floods.
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Paria River? well a river with no water
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