Peek-a-boo Spooky slot Canyons Escalante


Where? : Devils Garden is located along Hole-in-the-Rock Road (BLM #200), 26 miles south east of Highway 12, you will see the clear sign to your left and a ditional half a mail drive to the parking lot.

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What? : Peek-a-boo and Spooky canyons are probably one of the best slots canyons you can find, with narrower tight passages, red rock color and not a long hike. 


When? : Year round hike but in the summer this can be VERY hot place, the first 2 miles (and on the way coming back to the car) of the hike are completely expose to the sun. During winter or after heavy rain it can be impossible to drive the Hole-in-the-Rock Road.


Due note 1: Plan, and bring water, for half a day visit, this is overall 4 miles hike from the parking lot, but canyon hike can be very slow ant the narrow sections especially when you have more people.


Due note 2: this is a very popular place so my recommendation is to come as early as you can, lower temperatures and a less people. Mid-day there are many people and the hike in the canyon is very slow.


Due note 3: if you are leaving the main trail you must know the direction you are hiking; it is easy to be disoriented and lost your way in the desert. This is especially correct for the trail section connecting Peek-a-boo and Spooky canyons upper section.


My thoughts: The best slot Canyon I ever did, short and narrow, must do experience.

The visit:

Plan to be here for 3-4 hr and bring enough water with you.


From organized the parking lot the hiking trail going for a mile on the red-rock high plateau.

After a mile it is going down right into the main river.

Overall 1.5 mile hike that is completely expose to the sun, on the way back you will need to climb from the canyon below.



Right off the river bad, as visitors begin the trail from the bottom of Dry Fork, you will note the steps carved into the 15 feet wall on your left that you must climb in order to reach the slot canyon.

At the top of the steps, you will find a pothole that is generally full of water year-round (it was all dry when I visit here at end of Oct.). This is very short and not deep but extremely narrow canyon, in some places you will need to take off your backpack and squeeze in on your side.


Peek-a-boo and Spooky canyons can be explored independently, but given their relatively close proximity to one another, it is easy to link them into a loop adventure. Need to make sure you understand how to go from the end of Peek-a-boo canyon to the upper part of Spooky canyons, this is unmarked trail and you must know the direction you are hiking. In general turn right when you get out of Peek-a-boo and keep going to the next canyon.

Dry Wash Canyon:

You can also hike the Dry Wash canyon that is relatively wider Canyon but also very nice to hike it, going up and once it is opened you can go back to the starting point.

The wide and clear entrance to this canyon is just on your left when you go down and reach the main river floor.