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was an easy hike. cross the creek once, a two foot jump, and then an hour walk to the little shorter slot. I recommend going to the long one first then to the short one, as the short is more impressive. the long is a fun easy hike but not as deep and inclosed as the shorter one. the long one comes to a 30' wall where we turned around. You could back track a couple hundred meters and scale the side over the wall and continue, but we did not. we brought a gallon of water each for the eight miles round trip and each finished with almost a liter each. if looking for something quick and only 4 miles down hole in the rock road, (across from the cattle corral) is the start of the hike. found it was almost easier to walk down the wash than the trail as there was a bunch od underbrush along the trail. have fun

Started this a little after 7am this morning and it was simply amazing! My husband and I did not see anyone else the whole time. I can’t understand why this is not more popular. The Trail to the canyons was easy and the canyons were amazing. Very fun to explore! We went to the right horn canyon first all the way up to the viewpoint (great to see all the iron accumulated from the rock formation. Watch the video at Visitor Center to understand more about the whole process. It’s worth it!) After that we did the left canyon. Which is not as narrow as the right one, but it’s beautiful! The colors on the walls are stunning! I did Zebra Slot Canyon and Tunnel Slot canyon yesterday and can’t understand why that’s more popular than Big Horn Canyons, because it is waaay prettier! Arrive early, take a lot of water and enjoy it!

hiking
no shade
washed out
2 days ago

This trail kicked my ass!!! Leave super early going through the wash. It gets hot hot hot!!!! Trail can be confusing but hey... it’s a wash... but we made it! The Gulch is amazing beautiful! Crows are crazy so take your food with you when Day adventures. Remember leave no trace and that means packing ALL your SHIT!

hiking
no shade
washed out
2 days ago

This trail kicked my ass!!! Leave super early going through the wash. It gets hot hot hot!!!! Trail can be confusing but hey... it’s a wash... but we made it! The Gulch is amazing beautiful! Crows are crazy so take your food with you when Day adventures. Remember leave no trace and that means packing ALL your SHIT!

We did Peek A Boo and Spooky, and they were AMAZING. Maybe my favorite places we visited in UT during our week-long adventure. Spooky was probably my favorite and I didn’t think it was challenging at all, but I’m a small person. Someone larger might have difficulty getting through, as many places were not much wider than me and you have to climb over several spots. Don’t bring your backpack in Spooky! And make sure you have shoes with good grip. The drive out there was long and I would recommend making sure you have a spare tire and plenty of gas, but these are must-do canyons.

hiking
4 days ago

This is a great trail. We did the two vehicle shuttle and started the hike from the top. You enter the beautiful canyon right away. You stay next to the creek the whole time. Trail is easy to follow and you cross the creek many many times. My gps show more than 10 miles one way. But so worth the time. Canyon walls never quit

hiking
6 days ago

The road to the trailhead was not too bad. Just a little wash board and only five miles of it. Down load the map and stay on the red line. It will save time and distance following the wash. First mile unremarkable but the second mile to the slot Canyon cut off to the left was nice. We did the right canyon first. Went to the end. Cool slot. Not the deepest but worth the hike. The slot to the left is much shorter. Staying on the trail in the wash is difficult in spots but not a big problem. The wash leads to the canyons. Not muddy anymore so you can wear your good shoes

on Phipps Arch Trail

hiking
10 days ago

Great trail. A little overgrown at first. Trail splits to the right at .1.6 mi. Head up the wash for 1.4 mi then up the canyon to the left. Not marked well but you can find your way. You should come to a log to help you up a short cliff. Use the app to stay on trail. Beautiful arch and the area is also beautiful. Leave early

Continue a mile past the end of the trail for some amazing scrambles and a spectacular little cove/dead end unless you have the climbing equipment to conquer it!! Sun is brutal, recommend finishing the trail before ten as the first to miles in and last two miles back are in direct sun with no shade.

hiking
12 days ago

our first slot canyon and the navigation was pretty simple - besides the weird gate. there is little shade so bring plenty of water and sunscreen! the water was knee deep at some points but felt refreshing. it was such a fun experience. honestly, it was a longer hike than I anticipated. im not good in the heat either.

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bugs
no shade
rocky
14 days ago

absolutely gorgeous. highly recommend starting at the too of crack in the wall and hiking down.

I did this during June. It was 115°. Never do that. But once I got out of the desert and heat it was awesome!! Beautiful streams which were a god-send after the desert. gorgeous rocks and the night sky was incredible!

hiking
15 days ago

Great trail. At least river crossings. We wore old hiking shoes and just walked through. A little sandy with tall weeds but we wore long pants so no problem. My gps said 1.7 to the bridge and 2.4 to the arch. Love the Canyon walls. Don’t miss the Indian ruins on the left about 13 minutes past the bridge

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful arch! Awkward directions!.

Short but interesting!

Partial hike. Pretty.

Lots of stream crossings. Go past Escalante to nice ruins and a Natural Arch.

hiking
16 days ago

Some phun views. Hard to phollow. Can’t phind trail. Oops, I phell on a cactus. Pokey things in phingers for days. Where’s the phantastic viewpoint and Phipps arch? Ph* it, turning around. Cactus phruit equals more pokey things in phingers, but kind of tastes like a kiwi. Who’s idea was this? Don’t touch cactus fruit. Trail phail.

hiking
scramble
17 days ago

This was amazing and so worth the hour long drive on a dirt road to get there! I was blown away by the Peek-a-Boo slot canyon, but the Spooky one was even better (and much more challenging). I am 54 and in reasonably good shape, and it took me about 2 hours to do the whole loop. There are some VERY narrow parts, so if you are a large person, you may not be able to get through some of the crevices. There is one pretty hefty drop of about 7 feet or so, but if you dangle your legs and slide down as far as you can, you’re only jumping down about 3 feet. Overall, this was mind-blowingly amazing. Highly recommend!

Very narrow in Spooky. Chockstones very memorable! Excellent outing!

hiking
no shade
22 days ago

Good trail if you want to do some slots but avoid all the people at the major trails. Didn't pass another person. Did it in the middle of the day after some early morning hikes and it was absolutely brutal from heat. pretty much entirely exposed if you do it any time after 10 or 11. Not much to see until the slots and swirls, and there aren't really any markers, but if you don't have the map downloaded you can pretty much follow the creek bed. pretty muddy at the start even later in a hot day, but not too bad. Overall a good alternative if what you want is solitude, but not the best the park has to offer.

hiking
no shade
off trail
over grown
rocky
23 days ago

We’re not expert hikers but we do a few big hikes every year. The trail is nearly non-existent, good map and/or GPS is highly recommended. Download in town while you have service. We hiked around 12 miles out and back, had to hike about a mile in the river as the banks were steep and overgrown, no clear path out. Was only waist deep at the most, descent from trailhead was incredibly steep with sketchy drops and rises on the non-marked path (as best we could tell). Dozens of differing paths/ways to get down to the river, plan well. No other hikers the entire day, cathedral was amazing and has to be one of the most elusive destinations in the state, if not country. Just go prepared. It’s difficult at the least, deadly at the worst.

hiking
23 days ago

Easy but long walk through a wash to get to these two slots. Very little shade so bring mountains of water. The “trail” shortcuts the bends of the wash, but it can be difficult to find at times and in our case easy to lose. Easier and more interesting to just follow the wash. The left fork of the canyon was beautiful. The right is a bit more challenging to get through, but overall the obstacles are relatively easy. The bighorn viewpoint above the right fork was spectacular.

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