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Slot Canyon Hikes

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Slot Canyons are long, narrow passageways, often with towering walls. Typically they are created by erosion with flash floods. We are fortunate to have several fun slot canyons in Utah and the surrounding areas.

Buckskin Gulch

Buckskin Gulch is one of the longest slot canyons in the world! It is 23 miles of incredible terrain! The easiest way to access part of it is from Wire Pass, which is a short slot canyon between Kanab, Utah and Page, Arizona.

Wire Pass to Buckskin Gulch 4+ easy miles (Kane)

Little Wild Horse Canyon

Little Wild Horse Canyon is a really fun family-friendly slot canyon near Goblin Valley.

Little Wild Horse Canyon – 1-7 easy/moderate miles

Zion Narrows

Probably one of the most iconic slot canyons in the world is The Narrows in Zion National Park. It has canyon walls that tower up to 1,000 feet and narrows to only about 30 feet across.

Zion Narrows – 2.0-8.5 easy-difficult miles (Washington)

Kanarra Falls

A similar experience can found in Kanarra Falls just south of Cedar City. It is a beautiful hike through water and an incredible slot canyon.

Kanarra Falls – 3-5 moderate miles (Iron)

Peek-a-boo and Spooky Slot Canyons

Peek-a-boo and Spooky Slot Canyons are two slots that can be hiked in one loop in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

Peek-a-boo and Spooky Slot Canyons – 3.8 difficult miles (Garfield)

Lower Antelope Canyon

Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon are probably the most photographed slot canyons in the world. They are on the Navajo Reservation in Page, Arizona. The Navajo people have done a great job of maintaining the canyons while permitting people to tour. It is expensive, but everyone in my whole family loved it.

Lower Antelope Canyon – 1.1 easy miles (Arizona)

Jenny Canyon

Jenny Canyon is a very short slot canyon in Snow Canyon State Park.

Jenny’s Canyon – 0.3 easy miles (Washington)

White Owl Canyon

White Owl Canyon near Las Vegas, Nevada is a cool little slot canyon!

White Owl Canyon – 2.0 – 3.6 easy/moderate miles (Nevada)

Cohab Canyon Trail

Cohab Canyon in Capitol Reef National Park has a tiny dead-end slot canyon along the trail.

Cohab Canyon – 3.0 moderate miles (Wayne)

There are several more hikes that aren’t slot canyons, but if you like narrow canyons then you will probably like these similar hikes below too.

Snow Canyon Petroglyphs

Snow Canyon Petroglyphs isn’t a traditional slot canyon, but it is a narrow split in the rock. It is also filled with petroglyphs with makes it especially cool!

Cathedral Gorge

Cathedral Gorge doesn’t have typical slot canyons, but it has lots of very cool, narrow passageways.

Cathedral Gorge – 0.2+ easy miles (Nevada)

Maple Box Canyon

A box canyon isn’t actually a slot canyon, but has a similar feel with its narrow, tall canyon walls. Maple Box Canyon is popular with climbers and a very cool place to explore.

Maple Box Canyon – 1.2 easy miles (Sanpete)

Navajo Loop

The Navajo Loop is another canyon that isn’t a slot, but has a sections that “feel” similar, with the towering walls.

Navajo Loop/Queen’s Garden Trail 2.9 moderate miles (Garfield)


We have so much beauty in Utah to explore! I love hiking and photography and can help you find your next favorite hike! All photos were taken by me!

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