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Red Canyon (aka Peek-a-Boo Canyon)

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Orderville, Utah

Red Canyon (aka Peek-a-Boo Canyon) is a 10.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Orderville, Utah and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and ohv/off road driving. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 10.5 mi Elevation gain 964 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Ohv / off road driving No shade
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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.

There is a small parking area near the start of the canyon, but it is 4 miles down a 4WD road to get there. It is a very sandy road, so might be difficult for bikers as well.

Option 1 - ATV Club Trailhead - Look for the sign located 8.5 miles from the Chevron in Mount Carmel Junction and 7.5 from the Kanab City limit sign. Follow BLM Road 102 to the slot canyon. Option 2 - Original Trailhead - From the Chevron in Mount Carmel Junction, drive 9.2 miles south on US-89, toward Kanab. Look on the left side of the road for mile-post 72 and the turn-off to the Coral Pink Sand Dunes on the right side. Just past these landmarks make a left turn onto the next road, which will be a primary paved road heading east off of US-89. This is an unmarked entrance into the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and Angel Canyon. If driving from Kanab: Drive 6.6 miles north on US-89 and turn right onto the primary paved road heading east. After only .25 miles on this primary road you will be turning left off of the paved road. There will be a dirt/sand 4WD road on the left just prior to a group of buildings (Best Friends Animal Sanctuary) and this is the deep sandy path you will navigate for the next 3-miles. Be sure to put the vehicle into 4WD and set your trip-meter. Bypassing the buildings on your right, and after driving for a mile on 102M there will be a cattle guard and then the road will fork. Stay to the right on the main road, now 102. At 1.8 miles another fork is encountered. Turn right at this fork to remain on 102 and avoid a steep hill and even deeper sand encountered on 102L. At almost the 3 mile mark the road passes through an open fence, stay right and 30 yards farther the road intersects with a wide wash. Turn left and follow the dry creek bed for a mile to arrive at the mouth of "Peek-a-boo" slot canyon. US-89 & K2565 3708.698 N 11234.078 W Turn onto K2605 3708.710 N 11233.885 W First "Y" in road 3709.522 N 11233.597 W Enter dry streambed 3710.643 N 11232.827 W Red Canyon Slot 3710.765 N 11233.563 W

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Atampreet Singh
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Hiking

Do not try to walk this trail. It’s hard and long and I gave up half way.

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Chelsea Grindle
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Off Road Driving

Definitely do not recommend walking the first part before the canyon.

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Cristhian Mace
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Christina Marie
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HikingNo shadeSnow

DO NOT attempt to do this on foot. This shouldn’t be listed as a hiking trail. It’s an off-roading route with DEEP sand. If you try to hike it, it’s 4.8 miles to the canyon and then 4.8 miles back. Not worth it. Went after it had snowed in the area and even with packed sand it was still really hard. Tried to start on the left side, don’t. The “trail” is meant for ATVs. Also don’t attempt this in a car. We didn’t try, but the signs make it clear that you should not.

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Tessa Roach
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Off Road Driving

Did a tour w/a 4x4 to this Canyon. We were at the Canyon around 3pm in the afternoon and the sun hit the top of the canyon and created amazing light. Absolutely beautiful! Saw several deer, a rabbit and a squirrel.

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Dominque Pascual
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Off Road DrivingNo shade

This trail head coordinates take you to the start of an OHV trail. The sand is very deep, and while it is technically 'hikeable' the constant dune buggies using the road make it difficult to actually hike the trail.

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Lacey Bastian
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Walking

Why is this listed as a 10.5 mile hike? it's a drive to the 1/2 mile walk in the canyon. ..don't do this trail unless you hire a guide with a seriously strong 4 wheel drive, or go in an ATV. We went with Jeff from Coral Cliffs townhomes and it was AWESOME! Safe transport for us and fit 2 carseats and a booster. The off road drive was fun and got us right to the start of the canyon. Stunning! Beautiful rock canyon and a nice easy walk to the end and back. Sandy but short. Great spots for photos. Kids loved it!

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Kristina McCurdy
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Off Road Driving

Definitely an adventure as a newbie Jeep owner! I took the right fork at the 1.5 mi mark and had zero problems getting there or back. I did attempt a run or 2 up the hill that everyone is complaining about, and yup! My Jeep slid sideways the 2nd time & got stuck up to the frame in the deep sand. Luckily it’s a popular trail and a group of dune buggies stopped to pull us out. Pro tip: bring a cute dog to help lure assistance, haha! After that, we headed back out the same way we came in & were only slowed down by other cars getting stuck bc they didn’t take enough air out of their tires. We stopped to help them out, but the tour company Jeeps were pushy and irritated and sprayed us with sand when they squeezed by. The canyon itself was great! Not as cool as the Peekaboo in Escalante, so do this one first if you’re planning to do both. :) For more photos & to see our other adventures, check us out @ReachesofRaine on instagram!

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Doug Bartels
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Christopher Frank
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Hiking

The description says this is a hiking trail, but don’t be fooled. There is no reason to do this trail on anything but any ATV. My friends and I were excited by the amazing photos in the trail description, but you have to hike through 3-4 miles of sand in the open sun before you get anywhere close to the canyon. I’m sure it’s amazing on an ATV, but on foot it was simply not worth it.

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Philip Bucoy
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Off Road Driving

Aired down to 14 PSI on MTs and ATs tires (4X4 vehicles). We got through and back just fine. Maintain a higher speed if possible, especially upwards driving. The trail access seems to have changed from this original GPS download. Look for the dotted line guiding you into the wash, it reconnects you to the Canyon hike.

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Brittany Mishra
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We drove up to the mouth of the slot canyon, BUT the drive is in deep sand. DEEP SAND. I can't emphasize enough. We got stuck halfway through, but powered through. We have a RAM 1500, full 4x4 with air suspension that can raise for high clearance. We still got stuck. We still drove further and made it to the canyon. The canyon is great. Really beautiful. It keeps going until it narrows that you can go no longer unless you have climbing gear. On our way back, we were cruising through until we got to THE hill. The worse hill in the world. We lost momentum about 1/4 up the hill and it was a painful long hour of digging our tires out, putting sticks and plant debris in front for traction. We deflated our tires to 20 and that helped a lot as well. We made it out, but holy hell we were exhausted. So. If you want to do this, be aware..

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Juan López
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Hiking

We decided to hike the 3 miles to the canyon. The canyons were incredible, but as my cousin would put it “it was really brutal”. IMO worth it. If you can, rent a vehicle to get there.

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Albert Kozlowski
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HikingGreat!

Get your camera ready. It’s very beautiful and easy to navigate through. Perfect for families. I was part of the Kanab Touring Company and we used atv to get there. It seems like the only way to really get there unless you have a 4x4 vehicle. Once there it’s an easy walk

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Maleia Sheflin
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Hiking

Way too difficult by foot - better on an ATV. It’s two miles down to the canyon, then the canyon is a mile, and then the whole thing is uphill in deep sand all the way back. Not for even an intermediate hiker- advanced hikers only!

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rob woodard
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Hiking

I have ne ver hiked in such deep sand for so long. It was 97 out there, I turned around at the 2 mile mark. and I am glad I did. Such fresh air, beautiful scenery. I would do it again when it is 60 out. Thanks

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Vince Curci
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Hiking

After reading all the reviews about the Deep Sand we gave it a shot. Definitely need a high clearance 4x4. Good think we brought out the Gladiator. Sand did get deep and I wouldn’t try it unless you know what you are doing. Once out to the slots it was a nice short stroll through. Glad we did it.

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Tabitha Tatum
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Hiking

We weren’t able to make it down the deep sandy trail to the canyons in our Jeep Wrangler due to getting stuck in the deep sand :( saw lots of ATVs who had no issues! We may have had better luck if we weren’t currently loaded down with all our belongings moving across the country lol so take that into consideration!

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Wendy Rosell
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Off Road Driving

Definitely need 4×4 sand capable vehicle to get to the reward slot at the end if this road. The red rocks/peek-a-boo slot is a wonderful beginner stroll.

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Jeff Jarvie
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Hiking

Was able to make it to start of slot in 2019 Suburban with larger tires (275/75r18). We got stuck going down so we let some air out of tires to 15 psi and turned around to go back up to the top. We made it out easily after lowering tire pressure so we decided turn around and head back down and made it to the start of the slot. We started at the peek a boo OHV trailhead and stayed on road 102 all the way to the wash except for we turned left on 106C right before the wash as the entry into the wash on 102 was steep. The 106c is only a 100 foot detour. Once in the wash turn left and head up the wash until the wash ends at the slot. Slot was fantastic but short. We saw a stock Tundra and F-250 both get stuck. They stayed stuck until they lowered their tire pressure to 20 psi.

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Emily Montesano
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If you do this hike and decide to drive down to it, make sure your vehicle has enough clearance, 4x4, and let your tires down to 15 or 20 psi or you will 100% get stuck trying to drive back out!

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Katie Harris
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You need an atv to access the trail, our jeep renegade trailhawk struggled and we got stuck several times due to other cars or ATVs on the sandy road. Once we hitch hiked out there, the slot was beautiful and shaded. Short hike, but worth the travel if you have an ATV.

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Liz Jarashow
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My record is off due to accident pause and someone offer me ride to return parking. Yes, trail is indeed ATV trail. Not hiking. I already read all review and prepare hiking in very rough trail and very soft sandy in hot weather. But... when I arrive to peekaboo area. Wow. I stayed there for a hour and took many photo. Plus, it really cool in canyon and make me stay longer. It’s almost no trash around and no graffiti. It truly reward experience and beautiful in hidden spot.

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Abbie Schauble
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Hiking

Do not even think about walking to this trail!!!! We hiked 7 miles through very deep sand and couldn’t even find the canyon. Nothing is labeled on the trail and google maps will take you through private property with no trespassing signs. Not worth it in my opinion. Only go if you have an ATV honestly

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Ann Marler
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If you have thought about renting an ATV or own one, it’s worth having to get to this hike. We parked at the BLM 102 Peekaboo staging area (not where this app tells you to start, since it leads you into private property with many signs telling you not to be there) and walked the sandy BLM roads to the start of the trail. WHAT A SLOG! The canyon is beautiful, but maybe a third of the way down the trail, the canyon is blocked off by a boulder. We backtracked and scrambled out of the canyon, walked along the edge, until eventually we found another scramble to lower ourselves back into the canyon. At the other end of the trail, we took different BLM roads to get back to our car, making it a loop instead of an out-and-back. All and all, it was a moderate 8 mile hike. Not an easy 5ish mile hike. Beautiful though. Lots of evidence of coyotes and even a baby snake.

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Sam Cullinane
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Hiking

Google Maps takes you to a trailhead that is now owned by Best Friends and where there are posted signs there is No Trespassing and no access to the Peek-A-Boo trail. We just navigated by looking at the trailhead dot in the AllTrails map. We definitely needed our 4-Wheel drive, lots of deep sand. You can drive right to the canyon opening. The canyon itself is very pretty but short if you don’t have climbing gear - which we didn’t. Pretty little canyon but not much of a hike. There is a cool hoodoo if you follow the little trail to the left of the canyon.

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Matt Garriott
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Great adventure! We conquered it with an 8 and a 3 year old. They loved it! The start was very challenging, and both kids needed help getting up into the canyon, but after that they made it around the tight bends and corners better than we did.

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Melissa Gustafson
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We took the Subaru Outback out there and made it through. A little scary venturing into the sand with the car but we deflated the tires to 20 psi and kept cruising at the deep parts. Beautiful views and my first slot canyon so I was impressed. Only 2 other groups out when we went. Super easy once you get there. Don’t get stuck! Don’t take a normal car!

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