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Peek-A-Boo & Spooky Slot Canyons

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2.9 Miles 4.6 Kilometers

403' 123 m


-404' -123 m



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Max Grade (14°)

4,952' 1,509 m


4,673' 1,424 m


Shared By Donald Cressman


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Amazing slot canyons in the heart of Utah.

Donald Cressman

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You'll be hiking in the desert to get to some beautiful slot canyons. These canyons beg for their pictures to be taken, so don't forget the camera. Besides beauty, the canyons are obviously located in the desert. Make sure to bring plenty of water and food.

This hike may not be comfortable for claustrophobic or heavy people. Both canyons get very narrow but Spooky, in particular, might make you suck it in a lot!

Need to Know

Pay attention to the cairns. Bring plenty of water. Heavy people might not be able to make it through Spooky.

Directions: From the junction of Highway 12 and 24 near Torrey, UT, head south on Highway 12 for 58 miles. Turn left on Hole in the Rock Rd (BLM 200) and continue on Hole in the Rock Rd for 25.9 miles. Turn left on BLM 252 and continue to trailhead head parking lot.


From the parking lot, head down the slick rock. Follow the cairns until you end up at the mouth of Peek-A-Boo (you'll see a larger slot canyon before Peek-A-Boo). You can identify Peek-A-Boo by the stacked rocks and the hand and footholds carved into the sandstone in order to climb up into the canyon. Enjoy the journey through Peek-A-Boo.

Once you exit Peek-A-Boo, again, follow the cairns east where you'll eventually make your way into a large wash. The wash (and cairns) will lead you to the mouth of Spooky. Follow spooky through and enjoy! Note, Spooky gets REALLY tight.

After exiting Spooky look for the cairn that will be straight ahead (don't go right like I did). You'll continue straight across the wash and make your way back to Peek-A-Boo and then back to the parking lot.


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Dec 23, 2018
Ethan Miller
Follow the Carins carefully, don’t just go by where there are footsteps. In spooky gulch there is a drop of 6+ feet - look for a red rope to help. 5mi
Nov 24, 2018
Chris W
Sep 16, 2018
Carine Istas
Sep 14, 2018
Rock On
Super awesome. Not for babies, kids, or dogs.
Sep 13, 2018
Kevin Conroy
Aug 29, 2018
Carol Huston
Absolute fun! It helps to be 5’8” or more to get over the first couple obstacles climbing up into Peekaboo. Otherwise you'll need some assistance.…
Aug 8, 2018
W Drye
Jun 22, 2018
David Carr

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chris tregge   Beersconsin  
There were unleashed dogs, but you would have to lift or lower them in a few spots. IMO not recommended. Apr 3, 2018
This is one of my favorite hikes in all Utah. Great slot canyon going up peekaboo and even better coming down spooky. We did this at night with headlamps under 2/3 moon and stars and was awesome. Nighttime cools down a lot in Escalante even in late June. Started 12:30am and finished at 3:30am. The worst part is 90 minute drive each way down washboard road. I'm 6'4" and parts of spooky gulch were really tight for me but super fun nonetheless. Jul 2, 2018

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