Red Canyon (aka Peek-a-Boo Canyon)

EASY 23 reviews

Red Canyon (aka Peek-a-Boo Canyon) is a 4.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Orderville, Utah. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.9 miles
452 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


A thrilling adventure of 4-wheeling on deep sand through a desert landscape of junipers, pinions, yuccas and cacti before reaching a slender passage that will tantalize photographer and hiker alike with a visual array of warm reds, cool browns and hot oranges in rippled and fluted sandstone. Southern Utah has its share of unique desert scapes, but the land here offers something different too - slot canyons. Abundant, yet hidden gems, that start out as small cracks in the earth that, overtime water has forced to become deep and narrow sandstone slots. The beauty of these dimly lit chasms entice hikers to explore into their depths. The price of admission into such a canyon often requires long hikes, down-climbing and rappelling skills, as well as an involved knowledge of rope work. Fortunately, there are some slot canyons that can be experienced without such a hefty price. Red Canyon, or as locals call it: Peek-a-boo, does not require any hiking to get to, but will require a 4 wheel drive. This is not the Peek-a-Boo slot canyon found in the Escalante area. Peek-a-Boo From where you parked you can see the slot canyon to the west. The canyon is usually dry and is only about .35 miles long. Notice how some sections are warmer and others are flushed with chilly air as the slot twists and turns, opens and narrows and the canyon floor rises and falls throughout the short hike. Stripped logs, twigs, and other debris wedged up high offer evidence of past violent flash floods that have raged through the waterway and forged the sandy chasm. The enclosed setting of a weathered canyon with towering walls, abstract designs and dramatic lighting combine for a photographers camera, as oils on a canvas do for an artists brush, providing the ideal tools to create a perfect image. Most sections in this slot are well lit, but a few places can only be captured with a steady hand or the use of a tripod. All too soon a large chockstone, 15 feet up, wedged between the walls ends exploration. Tanya Milligan in Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon Shamans Needle Back at the slot entrance look for a small drainage that enters from the north. Taking a casual stroll just a mere 100 yards up this sandy bottom wash will reveal a "pencil stick" stone structure. To exit, return the same way as you drove in.

15 days ago

A slightly challenging 2.3mi (one way) walk across soft desert sand from parking lot to SE entry to the Slot Canyon.. Canyon itself was fully choked about 1/2mi from the end of the road/where the slot canyon begins. What we did experience was beautiful but realize you can not travel the full length of the canyon, huge boulders and logs create a roof/canopy 20’ above you stopping your path. We are tempted to start from the NW side next time to see how far you can go.. also an ATV or 4x4 to travel up Kanab creek is a better way to get to the SE entry.. enjoy

1 month ago

Took us about 4/5 hrs total hiking in from the parking lot, enjoying/exploring the slot canyon and then back out. It was tiring hiking in the sand but worth it! The slot canyon was beautiful and so were the views during the hike.

2 months ago

I really enjoyed this trail and it's awesome views. Word of warning: going on foot the whole way from the lot can be very taxing as the sand is fine and often deep. Once in a while you get lucky and the sand is very compacted or only a couple inches deep before rock, and you can pick up the pace. Often though, it takes much more effort than a standard beach.

We started hiking from the lot and it's not too bad since you're going mostly downhill. The return can really zap your energy though, but well worth it even ignoring the canyon: from the mountains in the distance to the cool and unique sand color against the vegetation.

The canyon itself is so unique, especially if you've never been in a slot-canyon like this before. Also, if you're a photographer, bringing a monopod (at the least) would be a good idea since it can get pretty dark in there. I had to go down to 1/20sec frequently at f5.6

3 months ago

Fun trail. Road in is a Sandy mess and 4wd is a must. Once you get there it is awesome!

5 months ago

I had to park and walk to the slot. Totally worth it! But try not to go on a hot day, no shade.

6 months ago

so beautiful.

8 months ago

This is a strenuous hike but well worth the trip. I am certain an ATV will get you there quicker, just like a train ride will get you to the top of Pikes Peak a lot faster, but where is the satisfaction in that? We completed the hike from the Peekaboo Canyon lot just North of Kanab to the entrance to Red Canyon in about an hour. We followed ATV trail 102. We thought 102L would be quicker but it wasn't. Too many ups and downs. Not pleasant in deep fine sand. The slot canyon was amazing. We ate a quick lunch at the site and hiked back staying on 102 in about an hour. Difficult but doable.

9 months ago

Must have four wheeler to get to this trail

9 months ago

My sister and I were lucky to have hitched a ride to the canyon on a razor, this is definitely not a drive for a vehicle without 4WD and even then I would recommend renting or finding someone with an ATV. The roads can get a bit confusing, for the most part just keep to the left the entire way. The canyons are short, beautiful and very worth it!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Thanks to the previous reviews, we had directions and knew we needed 4 wheel drive.
We parked and took our razor in 4x4 to the trailhead. It was about 4 miles, then hiked with young kids. My 6 year old loves it. The hike was simple, other than a few tall rocks we had to boost the little one up. Great views!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Super sweet! Defiantly worth your time! The sand can get deep driving out, but it's honestly not that bad...

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Supposedly beautiful...if you can get there! There is a 4 mile deep sand road to get to the canyon. Our rental Jeep 4 wheel drive got mired in sand about halfway there. We were ultimately able to get free with the kind help of the folks from our Bnb and an outfitter who happened by. A lot of digging and pushing got us turned around. A hot dusty 3 hour adventure but no canyon. A big 4WD truck got stuck without getting as far as we did. If you don't mind a long hot hike in and out, go for it. Otherwise, make sure you have the right vehicle.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Beautiful but brutal! The canyon is gorgeous but the hike to and from is very hot, exposed, and is mostly deep sand. Its a real trudge up and down 15ft sand dunes that are not shown on the map. There are many ATVs and 4x4s, some of which brought back fellow exhausted hikers. Also note: The last 1/4 mile of the slot canyon has been blocked by boulders.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Canyon was very nice!
I wouldn't call this "trail" Easy thought. More like Moderate +
It's basically a deep sand road used by trucks and ATVs, although we saw none. Once down to the dry creek its much better, but hiking in sand to get there and back uphill is a bit tough.
I'll post maps cause there are several sand roads so a map should help

Saturday, April 04, 2015

We weren't able to find this canyon the first time around, but it was still a fun 4 wheeler trip. We came back a few months later and were able to locate it and have a great hike with the kids. If you can get to this canyon, it's a definite favorite.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Loved this hike! There is a place where you have to climb some rocks to continue the path... we climbed them! It wasn't too hard (we were able to get a dog and up and down pretty easily) It is such a pretty, secluded place. We did about 2 miles worth of the hike, and hadn't even reached the end of it before turning back. It can easily turn into a full day hike! We took a lunch to eat after we got back which was a good idea. At the beginning of the path is a nice little spot to relax and eat (there is even a firepit) I am definitely going back!

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