Looking for a great trail near Escalante, Utah? AllTrails has 29 great hiking trails, views trails, dogs leash trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Capitol Reef National Park, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 14 moderate trails in Escalante ranging from 1.9 to 27.7 miles and from 4,514 to 9,212 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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muddy
rocky
scramble
snow
1 day ago

Great hike made somewhat challenging by the icy conditions on the initial decent into the wash. We did the hike with our 10 and 5 year olds. The 5 year old needed some help getting up into Peekaboo canyon and getting over some of the obstacles, but the hike was a breeze for the 10 year old. We did turn around in spooky canyon when we hit the boulders and instead walked along the canyon to the exit and then hiked in and out to experience more of the canyon. With the kids it took us about 4 hours. Beautiful and super fun hike!

Epic hike from Boulder to Escalante! So much fun.

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icy
muddy
snow
5 days ago

6 yr old and 8 yr old did fine on Spooky and Peakaboo in around Thanksgiving. Came back last night with flashlights (Jan 16th) and the snow/ice on the section down was too icy to take kids on so had to turn back around.

on Boulder Mail Trail

hiking
6 days ago

This was amazing. There were definitely some difficult areas, which made it all the more fun. There were four of us. We did it in two days. The views were amazing. I highly recommend doing this around the beginning of June. That is when we did, and the desert was in full bloom. It was beautiful. Death Hollow was definitely the highlight. Lots of poison ivy, but we avoided a lot of it by hiking through the creek. We were all wearing shorts and none of us ended up getting poison ivy.

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rocky
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snow
22 days ago

Very fun, but I wouldn’t bring kids on spooky. Dry gulch is ok for kids. Start early in the day. Stunning

walking
icy
snow
22 days ago

I wouldn’t say that there really is a trail to follow. It’s more walking around the few rocks that make this park. Way cool, but you’ll have more fun just walking to the rocks you wanna see.

Awesome trail! No service so All Trails app is a must have. Dirt road was icy and muddy but doable with 4 wheel drive. It’s a 25mile long dirt road. Appears peek a boo may have had a recent rock slide? I didn’t read anywhere about this and it was pretty challenging. Took the route clock wise and on the second canyon (peek a boo?) there is a spot blocked by rocks. If you climb over it’s a 30ft impossible drop down and the other option is to go down between the rocks which is still a little sketchy and still quite a drop. Just a heads up because you think your not in the right place

hiking
1 month ago

I did this hike Oct 2019. The steep descent over fairly slick rock to the bottom of the wash was a bit tricky for me. We didn’t make it into Peek-a-Boo because there were quite a few people waiting to climb up into the opening. We then took off toward what we thought was Spooky but ended up being a different Canyon. It was still beautiful and a nice hike. Even though we were tired toward the end of it we headed to Spooky and I’m so very glad we did. It is one of the most memorable hikes of my life. To read about the narrow passageways is one thing but to actually be there is something else entirely. Save some juice for the hike back to the parking lot and the steep ascent. Can’t wait to do this hike again!

on Zebra Canyon

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flooded
1 month ago

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muddy
rocky
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1 month ago

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off trail
1 month ago

the all trails trail between zebra and tunnel is incorrect and wants you to cross a fence onto private land, that being said we used all trails offline to get us where we needed to be. right now, there is SO MUCH WATER in zebra and tunnel! couldnt really do the slots.

flooded
1 month ago

Attempted Zebra today, 11/26/19, and the canyon was flooded with water from the moderate rain the week prior. Tried wading in, but when it got to neck level at one of the really narrow points (I'm 5'5") I decided to turn back about 30 yds in as I didn't bring my dry bag for my camera gear. Air temp was in the mid 30s during the day and the water felt like it was in the 40s. So, for those who really "gotta want it", bring a dry bag and a spare change of clothes so you don't get hypothermia for the hike back. Or better yet, pack a swimmer's wetsuit ;). I think it would have been possible to shimmy up the walls at the narrow point, but I have no idea how deep the water you'd be stepping down into is beyond that. Tunnel canyon was also under some water, but I was already dry again and didn't wade in to investigate.

I only did the Zebra Slot portion, which is counterclockwise, and it was definitely an experience. I'm a 5'7" female who wears a size 8 and could not fit. I also have a butt, so that might be why, but I had to shimmy up the wall to get through. Definitely a lot of work, but worth it. Afterwards, I went down the street and completed Peek-a-Boo and Spooky Slots, which was a good time, too. I highly recommend both.

Great trail with beautiful geography! Would recommend to anyone traveling with a dog! Cairns are easy to follow and trails are clear. The Dry Fork , wash, and trail down to the slot canyons was fun with our dog (a medium sized, very athletic pupper), but would definitely not take your pup on Peek-A-Boo or Spooky trails. We had to carry and lift him in a lot of tricky places. Leave backpacks at the entrances to both slots - they’ll slow you down or get stuck. Awesome photos, though!

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rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Amazing trail! I went early November and the streams were dried out, so normal shoes would work well. I wore shorts and a thin jacket, which was fine temperature-wise, but I would suggest wearing long pants so your legs don’t get scraped up. The slots get very narrow at points and decent climbing ability is required, so be prepared! I went reverse from the normal route, but there weren’t any complications from it. I only passed a few groups of people, too.

Very pleasant staff at the visitor's center, lovely scenery, definitely recommend including the Sleeping Rainbow Loop.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked 10/23/2019 The hike to Zebra Slot Canyon is enjoyable. For the most part the trail parallels a small dry wash ( sometimes you’re in the wash or crossing it ) but we did not encounter any water on this hike until we were inside the slot canyon. The region had received no rain for 100+ days prior to our arrival. The sandstone monoliths along this hike are beautiful, huge, rugged and quietly remote. The little wash you follow eventually runs into a much larger one (Harris Wash) where you turn left and complete your approach to the slot. If a slit is smaller than a slot then this is a slit canyon. We found it too tight for our physical abilities (not fat, just not nimble enough) to go more than 50 feet into the canyon. Younger, more nimble persons will have no problems scrambling in. The shallow, 8-10 inches of unavoidable water is very cold and murky and the slot (slit) in places is just wide enough to put one foot down. The hike on this trail is great but we were very disappointed in this destination and our inability to access and see the zebra striped walls. Incidentally, we encountered a few other hikers equally disappointed in this slot canyon for the same reasons. I give it 3 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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