The biggest problem with hiking Paria Canyon is slogging through the numerous muck holes---depending upon spring runoff, temp, etc. some of the potholes go septic---meaning the muck has a lot of decaying organic material that releases the rotten egg hydrogen sulfide odor. Be prepared to be one stinky hiker. Dogs love to roll in the muck. Wet dog fur + rotten egg. Yum. Plastic bags to protect your gear and to float through larger potholes
Biggest safety issue is to understand the flash flooding that can occur in slot canyons. Pay close attention to slight rises in the water flow, camp way up high, listen for the sound of a freight train.
There are several videos posted on Youtube showing Paria Canyon. Not sure if you want to see the video or if you prefer to experience the hike for the first time. A couple show Buckskin, the narrow slot, flood debri high up the slot, etc.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eYeorV0 ... re=related