Explore the most popular no dogs trails in Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Loved this hike! It was very challenging and worth every minute of that awful 26mi wash board road drive.

Go early, pack plenty of water, and wear a hat! I would rate this hard, but I'm out of shape so gauge accordingly.

Great adventure. Worth the 50 miles of bad road. The reviews do not do it justice. Keep in mind this is a physical endeavor. Bring plenty of water. Start with peek a boo and come down spooky. Spooky is very narrow. You will need to carry your backpack in you hands, walk sideways and shuffle your feet through most of it. One difficult point in spooky. When you come to the big boulder blocking the path you will need to go under it. Look for the white rock. There are two ways down. Choose wisely. A rope would help. Enjoy.

when you get to Harris Wash, cross the (dry) stream and continue following road until the next dry stream, only about .1 mile. go left up the stream and keep going until you get to some cairns (rock stacks) that will lead you around the dry waterfall that you can’t pass. You will be pretty high up at that point, but there is another path of cairns about .1 mile after the dry falls to lead you back down. if you do not see any cairns, the path back down begins where you see a form similar to a slide that looks easy to descend compared to any other area around you. If you continue to see cairns and you think you have gone too far, you probably have and you’re on the trail that you can take on the way back if you go the entire way through the trail, just turn around and find the safer way down into the canyon, you don’t wanna miss the fun. I missed it and set up some cairns today to better show the descend point. This hike should not be done is sneakers or sandals. Hiking boots or approach shoes with great grip on soft rock. I went through all 3 liters of water in my reservoir on this trek, and I carried an extra bottle with me. the majority of this hike is in sand, you will get better traction in the sand areas if you walk in the spots with more pebbles. there are a lot of chokes you have to navigate in this slot canyon, and it gets pretty narrow in certain spots. this is NOT a hike for someone that is claustrophobic or afraid of heights. you will be wedging yourself between rocks in many areas and using your entire body to solve the problems in the slots. GOOD LUCK, it’s beautiful!!!

Great fun, kids loved it. It is tricky in a few spots due to drop offs that require you to help each other.

Make sure you take a map and find the trail BEFORE you start hiking. There are no signs and weird trail markers in random places. Take twice as much water as you think you need. It’s fun but they need better trail markers at the start.

Did this hike two weeks ago on a Monday. There were very few people which made it very fun and scary at the same time. My first takeaway is that this hike should be rated hard, not because of the actual physical excursion, but because of the somewhat dangerous rock scrambling and extremely claustrophobic conditions. That being said, those conditions are what give this hike a “wow” factor that is off the charts. I would put it right up there with Angel’s Landing for coolness factor. I read a bunch of reviews warning about getting lost and we still got lost. We ended up doing Dry Forks first, thinking it that it was Peek-a-boo. We ended up right back at the beginning realizing that we hadn’t even done the right hike!There were several other groups of hikers there that were lost and turned around as well. Also when you come out of the slot canyons you are plopped right into the middle of a beautiful but barren desert. Bring lots of water! The BLM could really do a service by upgrading the wayfaring signs. There also seem to be cairns everywhere. All that being said as long as you aren’t scared or anxious about the tight canyons, the feeling of being in a slot that is only as wide as your body turned sideways but is 30 to 40 feet high is very exhilarating. The hike back to the car was pretty brutal too.

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23 days ago

We accidentally did Dry Forks thinking it was Peek-a-boo. We hiked the canyon all the way out and the rim back to where we started. It was beautiful and we enjoyed it a lot. But we where confused and got a little lost making our way back. There are a lot of trails going in lots of directions so watch your maps and be careful.

It was very busy when we went (May 27). Lots of kids as well as adults. Go the same direction as most people (peekaboo to spooky) or you’ll make it difficult for yourself and others!

Peek-a-boo was very fun and not too difficult. If you are only mildly claustrophobic, you would still probably be fine. But there is some climbing and dropping through holes and if it crowded it could be overwhelming. Our whole party made it and really enjoyed it a lot! I would absolutely recommend it!

Spooky is only 11in wide in some parts. If you are claustrophobic at all, it’s probably not for you. And make sure you really will fit through because backing out once you start is very tricky. One member of our party didn’t fit and another started feeling a little overwhelmed because of the tight space and the line of people in front and behind. But some of our party went all the way through and it is really cool! Unlike anything we had done before. It was like a combination of rock scrambling, canyon hiking, and spelunking. Very fun!

Also hole in the rock road is even worse than they make it sound. We had taken our 12 passenger van through some rough terrain on other trips because of its high clearance and we thought it would be fine on this road. It was not. We struggled.

Overall, very glad we were able to do these trails! So unique, exciting, and beautiful!

It’s amazing, but note that it’s more like 16 Miles. The path isn’t marked well, and you have to find rock markers along some parts that aren’t always obvious. Start at the crack in the wall area if you can, because walking up a steep mountain of sand after a day of hiking is rough. It’s even more rough when you don’t have service or a downloaded trail map to tell you how much further you have to go or if you’re on the right path. Take a paper map - you’ll thank me. It’s a pack your waste in, and pack your waste out trail. I avoided going to bathroom all day with light well planned food and minimal water intake ( only enough to stay moderately hydrated ). If you don’t think you can go that long, you must get waste bags at visitor center or bring your own. The trail runs along and through the water so water hiking shoes would be a plus. If you’re scared of heights, getting to the arch may be difficult due to the steep slick rock path down by the arch to get out ( or in if you start at water tanks ) the rocks do have ropes as a courtesy to help you safely enter and exit.

This is a great hike for slot canyon lovers. Spooky is in fact spooky thin, and peak-a-boo has two beautiful arches that jump out and surprise you. Following are couple things to note:
1. Hiking out of spooky requires scrambling up a rock slide, that is more akin to rock climbing than scrambling.
2. I would suggest starting with Peak-a-boo, and than take the connector to spooky. That seemed to be the general flow traffic.
3. You'll need lots of water, and a map
4. Go early because there is less people.
It is an amazing hike that you won't soon forget. Have fun!

To date, it's the most memorable backpacking trip my kids and I have done. Starting out going down the crack in the rock with our rope. Then the gradual hike along the river bottom. Awesome views, and not too difficult. The only sketchy part is going up out of the canyon, you gotta have some grit. There was another family that had to go around.

Well worth the drive down the wash board dirt road and through the free range cow herds.

The road is a mix of car passable and “I’m glad I am driving a four wheel drive”, though some people actually made it to the parking area in a minivan & car (rental cars I suspect).

From the parking area, follow the cairn stacks down the hill. You end up in a river bed with three directions to choose from; left is Dry Fork Slot Canyon, straight ahead is Peek, and to the right a curving river bed that leads to Spooky.

Highly recommend doing Peek to Spooky and not Spooky to Peek.

About half way up Peek, someone carved “End” in a rock; ignore this, it is only the halfway point.

The true end comes out in another small dry river bed (to your left). At this point turn to your right and start walking until you come to another, much wider, river bed. Spooky Gulch will be to your right when you are in the large river bed.

About 1/3 way into Spooky, we came to some huge boulders the seem to block the way. If you look over the top of the you will be about 30 feet above the bottom but if you look underneath the left side of the biggest boulder, you’ll see a small hole that drops down to another small boulder.

From there, it is a short drop to a large flat rock, then a few hundred feet of some pretty narrow slots.

Have fun..

This hike was amazing! We hiked Dry Forks out and back and then looped from Peekaboo to Spooky. It wasn’t super well marked to loop between Peekaboo and Spooky, but if you have a map you should be able to follow the few cairns and footpaths and be fine. Some scrambling in Peekaboo and Spooky was the narrowest of the three. We had to pass our backpack in a few spots and if we had done Spooky out and back from the trailhead side we would have just left our packs at the entrance. Super fun to explore... would highly recommend!

Amazing slots! Definitely 30 miles off the beaten path so make sure your car can handle bumpy, dirt roads for quite some time. Amazing slots- got lost going between spooky and peak-a-boo, there were rock formations that are supposed to be a ‘guidepost’ to the other slot but somehow we ended going back through peak-a-boo again. Still worth the drive, beautiful and not heavily trafficked on a Friday!

We enjoyed this route on 5/15. Fairly easy, cool in the narrows. We took the route south to north which seemed like it was probably easier than the other way around. Nothing too fancy.

1 month ago

Amazing views at every turn

Absolutely beautiful. I went with my 35lb dog. I only did spooky out and back (I wanted to do peek-a-boo, but that 15ft up/down was not happening with my dog).
At the north end of spooky, there are two very difficult uphill spots, the last of which I could not pass (and neither could the two other people I met along the way). However, it was nice going back down Spooky because it looks so different from every angle.
The road to get to the trailhead, Hole in the Rock Rd, is very rocky, sandy, and overall difficult on the car. I have a crossover and it took me 1 hour to get 27 miles. When you first get on the rocky road off of 12, if you are not comfortable on the first couple miles, turn back because the road only gets worse. However, if you can make it, it is worth it.

Absolutely phenomenal slot canyons to hike. Makes for a great adventure and experience. Bring plenty of water and good trail snacks.

Amazing arches and high canyon walls. Spooky slot canyon is tight while peekaboo has the beautiful arches.

Lots of fun. Download map in advance to avoid confusing cairns pointing to different directions.

Well worth the drive. We drove our car almost the whole way at about 35 mph. Going 10 miles an hour or 35 mph, you’re still going to run into some ruts and vibration. You might as well go 35 mph.

We drove our car, “Pepe the Prius” all the way to the first parking area. From there, we needed to walk up to the high clearance parking lot. Most of the 4 x 4‘s and some other cars made it up, however we decided just to walk. The hike down to the slot canyons was somewhat hot and we knew it was going to be miserable coming back, so we are glad we brought a lot of water and hats.

Once we got to the first slot canyon, we met some others that told us to make the clockwise loop from peekaboo to spooky gulch. It is much easier to drop down through spooky gulch rather than climb your way up counter clockwise.

Ensure that when you get out of peekaboo, once you reach the big tree in the wash, make a right and follow cairns up and over the brushy area. From there you will drop down into spooky Gulch and it is a lot of fun.

Save some energy for the hike back up and out to your car.

You will be glad you made the trip. The heat is a little challenging but the slot canyons are well worth it. Our tip is, the earlier, the better.

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This was one of the best hikes I've ever done, and I've done all sorts of stuff throughout southern Utah. The canyons are absolutely incredible, winding, tight, surprising, just amazing. The beginning of the trail is confusing. Just try and follow the careens and you'll be fine.

The road getting to this trail head is TERRIBLE. Super washboarded and bumpy. Plan on going under 10mph if you love your car, or over 45 mph if you're daring (this smooths out the bumps). Anything in between rattles your teeth out.

We came in from the north side and found it difficult to follow the slot to the trail head. Had to exit the slot because of restrictions in the slot and bushwhack along the canyon wall before joining the trail below. Challenging but fun.

Absolutely stunning. Great variety from sand to slick rock, to scrambling out of the gulch, wading upriver, and views and views. This is a premiere distination hike.

Unique story with the brothers carving out and living in the caves. Fun little detour when hiking the more challenging hikes in the ares.

The hike contains a lot of interesting features, one of the best is a side canyon about a half of a mile from the south entrance, it dead ends with a long narrow ramp of white side that you can climb.
We hiked this from the south to the north and found the exit point show in the app to be very confusing, it leads you to a nearly vehicle cliff. The normal, easy exit is just a few hundred yards before the one show here. Overall a great hike with fun narrows.

Hiked from Cosmic Ashtray and entered the canyon above where the trail shows. Had a difficult finding a way down into the upper canyon. Had to climb out of the upper part on the east side because of a major drop and didn't have ropes. Made our way down until a major spillover but found the trail on the west side a few hundred feet above the spillover.

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1 month ago

Three caves carved out of rock where two men lived.

Super fun slots! It’s super important that you have a map downloaded - the trail juts straight downward into the wash pretty quickly after you start so watch for that. I’ve only ever done Spooky first and then Peek and I still recommend it that way personally. You’ll climb up through spooky - it wastes no time getting skinny and there’s a nasty little up climb at the end. We brought a pull cord for a group of newbies and it helped perfectly. Then a hike up a sandy hill and through a Mesa between the two slots (this is where a downloaded map will be super helpful - you do not want to get lost on that hot exposed Mesa rock). We descended down into Peek which is beautiful! Took some time at the end with the pretty arches and then on to the downward climb out of peek.
I’ve seen tons of people get themselves psyched out at the entrance of Peek when they attempt to go up it first which is why I like to do Spooky first.
Also two side notes:
1) bring plenty of water! We stashed a pack for our group near peek entrance and carried just what we needed for the slots. You’ll need water - don’t under estimate it!
2) We’ve taken 2 dogs (both were already active and avid hikers) through here twice - one 50 lb and one 14 lb doggo. I highly recommend Ruffwear’s webmaster harness for any bigger dog - it’s got a handle on the top and wraps nicely around the front and second half of their body so you can easily life them to and fro when needed (mostly through spooky). My little dog acts like both canyons are nothing :) bring stuff for their paws (mushers or shoes) as the sand and rock is rough on paws. It’s extra physical work to have a dog so you can help them, so if you don’t want the extra work, leave them home :)

Hiked through both a day after a pretty big rain. It was already dried out just a few puddles. Total time from Escalante was 5 hrs, 1 hrs drive each way and about 3 hrs to do both canyons and the alternate one as you get to the bottom of the wash. Peekaboo had a moderately challenging rock scramble to get into but was otherwise fun and quick. Follow the cairns to find spooky at the end of a wide sandy wash. Spooky is narrow, tight and longer. I'm not sure how it would work if it was crowded in there had to take my small pack off for about half of the canyon. Hit peek first then spooky and have fun.

one of our all time favorites. takes some time to drive the 26 mile dirt rd to the trail head, but worth every bump and other trails u can hit along the way. We were lucky to find someone on the trail who had been her before, not always clear where the trailhead begins, and some distance between the two slot canyons in this area, so get good maps to aid you.

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