Explore the most popular birding trails near Escalante with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Hike was great and trail well marked. Definitely remember it is an impacted 26 mile venture from the turn off. You will encounter a few deep perpendicular ruts as well as pockets of loose sand along the way. Be careful as a tow truck runs up to a $1000 according to the clerk at the nearest convenience store. Trail well worth the effort.

It was just ok, you're really doing this for the petrified trees. I had already seen them in the Black hills so this was nothing special.

You need to do the optional loop to see a decent amount of the petrified wood which is indeed rather steep.

Fun trail, really busy in the beginning, very narrow in some places.

So interesting! The interpretive guide is helpful to really appreciate this unique hike. It is fairly easy, and worth the time. We were alone on the trail which was an added bonus. The state park is a pleasant spot to rest for lunch by the reservoir- the Frogs sounded great.

A short hike to a great little arch in a wash. Hike up the wash 100 yards to find the tunnel/subway fed by a dry waterfall. The wash is prone to flash flooding so watch the weather.

23 days ago

Definitely start early to beat the heat! Coming back was rough. They mean what they say about the water, drink it all! Some of the most amazing views I have ever seen and up close and personal. Crawling through these sandstone slots was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done. Highly recommend. We want to do Zebra Slot next time!

Side note, the road was over an hour driving in from the Escalante side of Hole in the Rock Rd, and well maintained but more comfortable with a high clearance vehicle for sure !

Great hike! Probably one of the most amazing hikes I have ever done. Highly recommend starting early. We hiked this trail on a Wednesday and started by 7:30. We were first on the trail but by the time we we're back at the TH there were at least 10 other groups hiking in and a line to climb up in to Peekaboo. We hiked this loop in reverse. Spooky to Peekaboo. Spooky is narrow in spots. if you are a little bigger of a person you may find it challenging to get through. It is litterally only about 11 inches wide in spots. Going in reverse requires some scrambling/quick climbing manuevers but was a fun challenge. Overall an easy and amazing hike! We completed it in 2.25 hours from start to finish.

It is not only great for kids...it's a giant playground for adults!! Really super for a short morning or late afternoon trip!!

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.

This was an excellent way to spend an entire day hiking in a beautiful place. The only downside for me was that I only had a day to enjoy this amazing place.

hiking
2 months ago

Neat area to wander around in for awhile. Lots of little side trails to explore, with cool rock formations. There is no water at the park.

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.

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

Perfect for kids that like to explore.

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.

hiking
2 months 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.

nature trips
2 months ago

This is a photographer's dream. Loved the garden and easy access to drive to, no hiking!

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!

I noticed a lot of these photos are of Corona Arch in Moab - not Willow Gulch in Escalante...

2 months 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.

A nice hike if you have 2 hours, but not a must do. To really see the petrified wood, you need to do the optional trail loop, making the total hike 2.3 miles. $8 entrance fee per vehicle.

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.

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