The thirty-mile stretch of the Paria River between Cannonville and Highway 89 offers one of the monument's best backpacking trips. It passes through some of the most isolated and remote country in the lower forty-eight states and is often overlooked by hikers who are attracted to the more popular lower section of the Paria River between Highway 89 and the Colorado River. The Paria River cuts through both the Vermilion and the White Cliffs of The Grand Staircase. A number of side canyons can be explored leading to arches, petroglyphs, and waterfalls. The petroglyphs found along the Paria display a wide variety of styles and ages.