Utah’s Mighty 5 Travel Guide and Road Trip Itinerary. BLM recommends 4 liters of water per person. These slot canyons started as mere cracks and fissures in the sandstone, but over time, flash floods ripped into the cracks, creating the amazing and serpentine slot canyons that we now enjoy. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and horses and is best used from April until October. If you hike this trail and would like to provide an update, please let us know in the comment section below. From here, you can retrace your steps back through the slot canyon, or walk about 15 minutes on a flat, sandy trail to Spooky Gulch. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Not too difficult to traverse. When Matt and I went three years ago, the entrance to the slot was surrounded by thick mud. I’d recommend wearing flexible clothing/pants. Have a great hike! Plus, they are both very short (only about a quarter mile long) so it doesn’t add much time to retrace your steps. 2019.05.14 Exploring Utah's Spooky Gulch & Peek-a-Boo Gulch I can’t imagine two way traffic in this extremely narrow space! And happy hiking. Cheers, Julie. Take a minute to appreciate the power of water, as it has carved all the amazing swirls and bends of this magnificent slot canyon. Spooky Gulch is a short slot canyon hike in the Grand Staircase-Escalante area, located on the Hole-in-the-Rock Road, 26 miles south of the town of Escalante. After enjoying both Peek-A-Boo and Spooky, you can decide to head farther down the Dry Fork Coyote Gulch to Brimstone, or retrace your steps back to the trailhead. From the entrance of Peek-A-Boo slot canyon, it is about a 10 minute walk down the Dry Fork wash to get to Spooky Gulch. Please don’t leave this part of the trip behind because you think the road condition is horrible.. because it really isn’t! Important Update for 2020: One of our readers informed us that the trail can only be hiked in a clockwise direction (read the comments below for more information). Sunscreen. Thank you so much for your very kind words. It is my #1 destination when planning trips! Added by Prajit Ravindran. Walking Spooky Gulch was like being underground. Length 6.1 miElevation gain 662 ftRoute type Loop. Peek-a-boo Gulch is a 2 mile one way hike with 600 feet accumulated elevation gain. Was going to Spooky Gulch and Peek-A-Boo Gulch worth it? The trailhead is just north of the parking area, and it overlooks much of the trail you’ll take down into the Dry Fork Coyote Gulch which accesses all three slot canyons, and also Dry Fork Narrows. From the bottom of wash, as mentioned before, you’ll see the Dry Fork Narrows entrance to the left, and if you head right, (east) Peek-A-Boo Gulch is about 100 yards down the wash on north side. Ok.. now on to why I decided to leave a comment These three slot canyons are nicely lined up in a neat row, which allows the hiking enthusiast to hike through all three in one afternoon. Peek-A-Boo is a slot and corkscrew, and Spooky Gulch is a narrow slot canyon. Just be ready for the steep climb up into the canyon and few areas of rock scrambling. This is the view from the trailhead. The hardest part of Peek-A-Boo Gulch comes right at the beginning. We just did the Peek-a-Boo and Spooky canyons yesterday and had a phenomenal time. . If you like this hike, you’ll LOVE Little Wild Horse Canyon, which is in Utah, between Capitol Reef National Park and Moab. The route has a well maintained cairn rockpile system to help you navigate from the parking lot to the slot entrance. Follow Hwy 12 for five miles, and as the highway makes a left curve, the unpaved Hole in the Rock Road will be on the right side of the road. You can climb it and continue on or turn around here and retrace your steps. This is another slot canyon but it is much wider that Spooky Gulch and rather unexciting after Peek-A-Boo Gulch. Most commonly, people go up Peek-a-Boo and down Spooky (clockwise). Flash floods have carved out incredible twists in Spooky Gulch, One of the more narrow parts of Spooky Gulch, As you get deeper into the slots, you notice how the texture of the canyon walls vary. It was my favorite slot of the three, and I encourage you to hike to the end of the slot, where there is a rockfall that blocks further progress for most people. Kanab's Peek-a-Book Canyon is an awesome slot canyon that's easy to hike too and not as crowded as other in major parks. Why is it called Spooky Gulch? One of the things that you must know is that these are some of the tightest slot canyons you’ll find, especially Spooky and Brimstone Gulch. Located 78 miles east-northeast of Kanab Utah. Planning a trip through the United States? There is a story of a photographer that entered into Brimstone by himself on a weekend and got stuck in the slot, and he wasn’t found until the next weekend by a couple of hikers. We did Spooky Gulch first and then Peek-A-Boo Gulch. If it has been raining, Hole-in-the-Rock Road can be impassable, even with a 4×4. Located Right ac to your lists. Located along Hole in the Rock Road just southeast of Escalante, Utah, are some of the finest slot canyons in the world. You have two options to hike these two slot canyons. I’m going to Spooky Gulch this weekend with some skinny relatives. Hello Mari. Before the junction with Dry Fork of Coyote Gulch - the ravine cuts deeper into the sandstone. Spooky Gulch is one of the narrowest slot canyons around, only 10 inches wide in some spots! At the bottom turn right, and find Peek-a-boo coming in 4 minutes down the canyon on the left. Hi! From the turnoff onto Hole in the Rock Road would be a good spot to reset your trip odometer to 0. Orderville is a family-friendly city liked for its hiking and restaurants. After about 15 minutes of reconnaissance, we decided not to continue onward as we didn’t see a safe way to traverse it. Located Right ac. When the sandstone is wet and muddy, it make climbing up more challenging. A short rope for a handline may be useful for beginners. Peekaboo Loop Trail is a 5.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bryce, Utah that features a river and is rated as moderate. There are dozens of other slot canyons and amazing rock formations, so if you have the time, I would recommend spending a couple of days down there at least. Of the three I did, Peek-a-Boo was the tightest and longest squeeze. Once in Peek-A-Boo Gulch, enjoy the view. The canyons are beautiful. Elevation gain – 380 feet These two slot canyon hikes are usually hiked together as a loop that totals in about 3.5 miles. This access road can be rutted and uneven. After a 25 mile dirt road it was a great hike - follow the cairn rock piles down into the wash and climb up into the Peekaboo Gulch. If doing this in conjunction with the peek-a-boo canyon, I recommend doing that one first and hike the route clockwise. Shortly after heading to Brimstone, Dry Fork Coyote Gulch will slot up and you’ll need to navigate around a choke stone. One of the Top 15 Slot Canyon Hikes in the world. Due to Antelope’s closure, these were our alternatives and now I have no desire to do Antelope. We were lucky during our visit in that we were the only ones in Spooky Gulch. Brimstone Gulch is one of the darkest slots found in the Escalante area. If you’re up for the challenge, these two slot canyons are tons of fun. This will take you 1.7 miles to the trailhead. Hello Kerry. Elevation at Spooky Gulch – 4640 feet I would do it first since the rest of the slots will make it pale in comparison. This up climb is the biggest obstacle of the hike. Remember that these are narrow slot canyons, and if there is any sign of rain, stay out. This slot canyon is so narrow at times that it made Tim and I a little anxious, and we never have issues with claustrophobia. Earth Trekkers is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn advertising fees by advertising & linking to Amazon.com. If it’s only 10 in at its narrowest (another person said it was 12 in ) and I’m about 15 to 16 inches at my widest, will I get stuck for sure or is there a way I can be pushed / pulled through its narrowest parts? Happy travels to wherever you go next! Kanab's Peek-a-Book Canyon is an awesome slot canyon that's easy to hike too and not as crowded as other in major parks. 7.7 mi from Peek-A … We did pass a road grader that had smoothed out a short section, so they might be planning on doing the entire whole road. Explore Kanab's Peek-a-Boo Canyon. Upper or Lower Antelope Canyon: Which One Should You Choose? From Torrey, UT, head south on Hwy 12 for nearly 60 miles. Do not go hiking alone. Generous hand and foot holds make accessing the opening relatively straightforward. I don’t know how deep they are, but the water in them looks stagnant and a little gross, so don’t fall in. About Hole-in-the-Rock Road. Have you hiked Peek-A-Boo or Spooky Gulches? Cette petite piste n'est pas très bien carrossable, avec des zones assez sableuses et une derni… Season to hike – can be hiked all year long, avoid during July through August due to extreme heat and flash floods If you are claustrophobic, do not even attempt this part of the hike. Peek-a-boo Gulch, UT. Drive 26 miles down the road to the Dry Fork turnoff on the left hand side of the road. There should be a sign after a curve to the right that says Hole in the Rock Road. Needless to say.. the hike and the canyons are absolutely stunning and 100% worth the 52 mile round-trip drive on unpaved road plus the 5.5 mile hike. P.S. Once you leave the slot, it’s about a 2.6 mile hike from the narrow part of Brimstone back to the trailhead at the parking lot. At this point you are two miles from the parking area and it is about 10-15 minute walk to the entrance of Brimstone Gulch. Also, the wash you are walking in goes around an island right in front of the entrance to Peek-a-Boo. As you follow the trail down from the trailhead, the path will be marked with cairns as you cross over the slickrock and sand, and after about 20 minutes of easy downhill walking you’ll find yourself down in the Dry Fork Coyote wash. Look off to the left, and you’ll see the entrance of Dry Fork Narrows. You take about a mile walk along the rim of the wash before dropping down the slick rock and sandy sections making it about 5.5 miles to go up picaboo and down spooky. Do you have any advice for our readers? If you want to find things to do in the area, you might want to stop in and see Moqui Cave and Best Friends Animal Society. The recommended route is to take Peek-a-boo Gulch first, going north up through its depths. It is very narrow as well, so narrow in fact, that there will be times that it will be only 8 inches wide, and you’ll either need to turn around or chimney up out of the slot, walk along on top until it is wide enough to chimney back down into Brimstone. My hubby wore jeans and encountered some issues with (ahem) “stretching”! I recommend leaving your backpacks at the entrance, they only make hiking through these narrow spaces even more difficult (and this is another advantage to hiking each slot canyon out and back). We had 4×4 and made it just fine, but the condition is pretty rough right now. But it ended up being ABSOLUTELY FINE! Cheers, Julie. These tips are amazing!!! Explore 1, 2, or all 5 of Utah’s national parks. It quickly got tight. Of the three I did, Peek-a-Boo was the tightest and longest squeeze. It’s been a few years since we did this, but I think that this very narrow section is 10 to 15 feet long. As mentioned, you’ll follow the contours of the wash for about 15 minutes then head left (north) for 100 feet, and you’ll see the entrance. ), in whole or in part, is strictly prohibited. I would recommend leaving you backpacks outside of Spooky Gulch because it is that tight of a squeeze. 2019.05.14 Exploring Utah's Spooky Gulch & Peek-a-Boo Gulch I agree with a recent comment about the road condition. And once you are here, two short, thrilling scrambles through some of the most fun slot canyons in the area awaits. If you decide to continue down to Brimstone Gulch it will be about a 30 minute walk from Spooky Gulch. For upcoming hiking and survival posts, follow the Your Hike Guide Facebook page! Dry Fork Narrows, Peekaboo and Spooky Slot Canyons is a 6.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Kanab, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. When to go: Any time of year, although expect very high temperatures in the summer. While you are here, you can hike through the Dry Fork Narrows. We drove a Toyota Forerunner with 4×4. Spooky Gulch is one of the narrowest slot canyons around, only 10 inches wide in some spots! Was going to Spooky Gulch and Peek-A-Boo Gulch worth it? Thank you for these great updates!! Two natural bridges found in Peek-A-Boo Gulch. Length of Time: 3 – 4 hours These slot canyons are located in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument on Hole-in-the-Rock Road. Whether you're searching for hotels in Peek-A-Boo Gulch on business, or hunting for a family getaway, Peek-A-Boo Gulch hotel options are only a click away. I am 6’1, 175lbs, and it was a VERY tight squeeze for me in some parts. P.S. When you get to the end of the slot you have a couple of options, 1) you can proceed east across the desert for about 10 minutes and find Spooky Gulch, or 2) go back through Peek-A-Boo Gulch to its entrance  and head left (east) down Dry Fork Coyote Gulch for about 15 minutes. Important Note:  In 2020, several of our readers have reported that Hole-in-the-Rock Road is very rough and difficult to drive in a standard car. Do bring lots of water! Difficulty – Moderate, extremely confined spaces, if claustrophobic best to avoid. The trail is not really long but it is a fun area to explore. These slot canyons started as mere cracks and fissures in the sandstone, but over time, flash floods … You can drive this is a car, although an SUV is preferable and a 4×4 is ideal. However, if you are short on time or like the idea of doing one big loop, consider linking them together. After exiting, hiking east for half a mile until you reach the wide streambed above Spooky Gulch. It is beautiful in here, and it’s also a lot cooler than in the sunny Dry Fork canyon. Hiking each slot canyon out and back is a little more fun, because you get to do them twice. We heard a lot of that when my friend Justin Hayes and I hiked Peek-a-Boo Gulch and Spooky Gulch in southern Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument with our kids. Of all the slot canyons described in this post, Dry Fork Narrows is the widest, and is quite long, however, I find it as the least amazing of the four slot canyons. Peekaboo Gulch is a small drainage - for the most part just a sandy wash, it eventually enters a half mile narrows section, very twisting and convoluted though only a few meters deep. Cheers, Julie. In both Spooky Gulch and later in Brimstone Gulch, debris wedged 20 feet above my head could be seen, left behind by a previous flash flood. Cheers, Julie. Where is Peek-A-Boo Gulch? Peek-a-Boo Gulch/Canyon. Turn left off of Hwy 12 here. It can be a little tricky getting up this, but if you are hiking with friends, it sometimes helps to a get a little boost up from them. We drove the Hole in the Rock Road in our rental car (all-wheel drive) and had no issues (similar to Cottonwood Road). These sandstone arches look amazing! At times, we were almost dragging ourselves through the narrower spots. Distance: 3.5 miles It can take 30 to 45 minutes to hike this slot canyon out and back. The slot is extremely tight, and I found that it is wider along the bottom of the slot to squeeze through if you have problems. Now with that said… do make sure that it WILL NOT RAIN, otherwise you will be in big trouble as the sandy parts would quickly become muddy and unpassable with a sedan. Peek-a-Boo is much wider, there shouldn’t be an issue here. Difficulty: The trail to the slot canyons is easy to moderate. Dry Gulch, Spooky, and Peek a Boo Slot Canyon combined for a fun, exhilarating and beautiful loop hike, our total mileage was 5.5 miles. Permits – None needed. It sounds like you had a great experience! Elevation at the trailhead – 4960 feet This eliminates two-way traffic through Spooky Slot to minimize traffic jams and face-to-face exposure. Republishing this article and/or any of its contents (text, photography, etc. Turn around and head out. I couldn’t get very far into the Brimstone before I was wading through cold water and the walls were about 10 inches apart. If you’re up for the challenge, these two slot canyons are tons of fun. The trail is not really long but it is a fun area to explore. With the sections of rock scrambling, this one was just a little more challenging and fun for me. The trail ends down at the sandy bottom of the Dry Fork wash. Straight in front of you is Peek-A-Boo Gulch. It was dark, a … These cairns mark the trail. Watch this video and you’ll see why. Enjoy the journey through Peek-A-Boo. More Stats for Peek-a-Boo & Spooky Gulch Loop hike trail I hope you have a great time wherever you are headed next. You’ll know that you’re at the beginning of Peek-A-Boo by seeing foot holds carved into sandstone that aids in climbing a 20 foot wall to reach the slot. It’s more fun that way, you’ll notice new things you didn’t see the first time. With that being said, I would still recommend spending some time exploring it if you have the time. They have new signs and have done work to better mark the trail. The left fork then heads in a northwest direction for one mile, which will end at parking area which can fit about 12-15 cars. Thanks for your help. Approximate hiking time – 3 to 4 hours There is one boulder choke obstacle in Hiking the Willis Creek Slot Canyon in Utah, Exploring the Valley of Fire Near Las Vegas, Nevada. I’m 5 ft 3 in tall. Dry Fork of Coyote Gulch, où se situe Peek-a-Boo Canyon & Spooky Gulch, se trouve à l'Est de Grand Staircase-Escalante NM, pas très loin de la Hole-in-the-Rock Road. If you’ve seen 127 Hours, just know that it could end up exactly like that. Walking Spooky Gulch was like being underground. Many times, especially after a rain, there can be a pool of water in front of the entrance. Explore Kanab's Peek-a-Boo Canyon. Towards the back of the canyon you will reach a dryfall of rock. We took rope to get our kids up the initial face into picaboo and ended up helping several other groups. Stay to the left. As you continue in farther into the slot, the walls will tighten up to the point that you will leave the slot and continue down the the walls will become more shallow and you’ll find that you’ll exit the slot, walk along the top of Peek-A-Boo, and then drop back into the slot until it ends in a sandy wash. Visit Devils Garden, just 15 miles northwest on Hole-in-the-Rock Road, a 30-minute drive back towards Escalante. Peek-A-Boo Gulch, Spooky Gulch, Brimstone Gulch, and Dry Fork Narrows. You might be able to crouch down and slide through the lower part of the slot canyon. If you are looking for a super fun hike to do, put Peek-A-Boo Gulch and Spooky Gulch on your list. If you were to go straight instead of take the curve that would turn into Hole in the Rock Road. From Escalante, Utah, take the main road, Highway 12, east through Escalante. Cheers, Julie, Your email address will not be published. Late in the afternoon, we retraced our steps out of the wash, back up the sandy trail to the trailhead above. Required fields are marked *. And I really appreciate your input on this post…it’s wonderful when our readers help keep our content updated. Elevation at Brimstone Gulch – 4580 feet 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). Pingback: National Park Adventures for Scouts: Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument | Voice of Scouting, Don't forget to pack these essential items! They do have a sign saying you should go up picaboo and down spooky. If doing this in conjunction with the peek-a-boo canyon, I recommend doing that one first and hike the route clockwise. Julie Last updated: December 4, 2020 United States 33 Comments. We just hiked Picaboo and Spooky today. Peek-A-Boo, Spooky, and Brimstone gulches, are just three of the dozens found off of Hole in the Rock Road. Adam is currently a Scoutmaster in the Boy Scout of America, and is an Eagle Scout. It is not to be confused with Red Slot Canyon AKA Peekaboo. With an outstanding selection, easy-to-use search tools and descriptive hotel profiles, you'll find Peek-A-Boo Gulch hotel deals in a wink.. Great selection of hotels in Peek-A-Boo Gulch. There is a photo of Tim in the narrowest section, so you can get an idea of what it is like, and might be able to tell how wide it is at the bottom. And… just follow the cairns (piles of rocks). After reading comments on other websites, travel blogs, and even here, I was very hesitant to take our rental sedan. That’s how these formed in the first place. A high clearance vehicle is recomm Getting here can be a mini-adventure, driving over 25 miles down a rough, dirt road through dry desert landscapes. You may also follow the footprints in the sand to the mouth of Spooky as well. All rights reserved © Earth Trekkers. Learn more in our Utah’s Mighty 5 Travel Guide and Road Trip Itinerary. Your email address will not be published. Peek-a-boo is not very long, or physically demanding, but it requires some navigational and rock-scrambling skill in order to get through its twists and chutes. You can even look down into the narrow slot canyon. If you are in a car or low-clearance vehicle, park at the first parking area (.7 miles down the Dry Fork access road). The trail to Spooky Gulch and Peek-A-Boo Gulch starts at the main car park. Always let people know where you are beforehand. The only time you will be out of the sun is the short amount of time you are in Spooky Gulch. These two slot canyon hikes are usually hiked together as a loop that totals in about 3.5 miles. Rated 5.0 /5 based on 2 customer reviews 5.0 0.7 miles - Out-and-Back Trail Save Add Review Get Directions Add Photo. Both are tons of fun, but I think I liked Peek-A-Boo a little more. Each can be challenging in their own way and the fun is trying to figure how to get through each obstacle. The first part of the hike involves walking down a combination of slick rock and sandy trails. Take your pick from 50 of the world's best travel adventures. Another couple determined the same thing and we both turned around and followed the canyon along the top to the wash. Added by Prajit Ravindran. Do your homework before attempting this one. – We VERY much enjoy your blogs and use them extensively to plan some of our trips, so thank you for the tremendous effort you put into them! We hiked Peek-A-Boo canyon today (didn’t continue on into Spooky Canyon) but there wasn’t a park ranger or any signs directing traffic through the slot canyons. Peek-A-Boo, Spooky, and Brimstone Gulch are three of the best little cracks in the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. If you’ve seen 127 Hours, just know that it could end up exactly like that. It is not to be confused with Red Slot Canyon AKA Peekaboo. I would recommend a headlamp as well, because even though it’s 11am, it may be nearly pitch black deeper in Brimstone. Hello Michaelle. We had the place virtually to ourselves and it had optimal conditions – no rain in the recent week. Peek-A-Boo is in my top 3 favorite hikes. Bring more water than you think you’ll need, and check the weather before you head out. Always let people know where you are beforehand. From the parking lot, head down the slick rock. Located along Hole in the Rock Road just southeast of Escalante, Utah, are some of the finest slot canyons in the world. Pour accéder au trailhead qui permet ensuite d'atteindre les canyons, empruntez la Hole-in-the-Rock Road sur 26 miles. As you head to the back of Spooky Gulch, the canyon gets narrower and narrower and narrower. Hole-in-the-Rock Road is a well-packed dirt and gravel road. In the town of Escalante, turn onto Hole-in-the-Rock Road and reset your odometer. It can take up to 30 minutes to hike this slot canyon out and back, depending on how far you go. A Quick Visit to Kodachrome Basin State Park, 8 Amazing Slot Canyons to Explore in the American Southwest, How to Hike Zebra Slot Canyon in Grand Staircase-Escalante, 10 Days in the American Southwest: The Ultimate Road Trip. Our group took our time, exploring and photographing the slot canyons, a full day of exploration. Peek-a-boo Gulch is located in the scenic Grand Staircase National Monument near Escalante, Utah and adjacent to Spooky Gulch. Thank you so much for sharing them with us and with our readers! After about 5 minutes you’ll come to a wash that comes from the left (north), with a large stone at the mouth of the wash. That wash to the left takes you to Brimstone Gulch. This is Peek-a-Boo Slot, the prettiest of the Dry Fork Slots (I’ll explain that in a minute). If you are claustrophobic, consider skipping Spooky Gulch. First I want to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for this blog! SUV’s and 4×4’s can continue 1 mile on a very rough road to the final car park. Tim and I hiked each slot canyon separately. They have changed the parking and start of the trail. Peek-A-Boo, Spooky, and Brimstone Gulches run on the north side of Dry Fork Coyote Gulch. Happy Travels! Orderville is home to Peek-A-Boo Gulch. It … A short slot canyon in the Dry Fork area of the Grand Staircase-Escalante area, the Peek-a-boo Gulch area is famous for its last one hundred meters. https://www.visitutah.com/things-to-do/slot-canyons/peek-a-boo-spooky-gulch Brimstone Gulch may be one of the darkest slots you’ll find. From this point,  just turn around and return the way you came, and enjoy Spooky Gulch some more! Bathrooms – None Our website uses cookies. Get the lowest price guaranteed - Save & Book Today! Amount of water recommended – 2-3 liters I found and overland route from Peek-a-Boo canyon's exit to the entrance of Spooky Canyon at Dry Gulch. There may pools of nasty, stagnant water at each of these sections, something you definitely want to stay away from if you don’t want to walk around in soggy hiking shoes for the rest of the day. The trail starts on a plateau with great views of the entire area. I wanted to make sure that other readers and travelers know that the road is definitely not as scary as (in my opinion) others make it sound. Peek-a-boo Gulch is a short slot canyon in the Dry Fork area of the Grand Staircase- Escalante area, located on the Hole-in-the-Rock Road, 26 miles south of the town of Escalante. From here you will head southeast on the unpaved Hole in the Rock Road for 26 miles (42 km). By continuing to browse this website you are agreeing to our use of cookies. It has been the highlight of our trip! If I crouch down will it be wider at the bottom in the narrowest sections? The parking is graveled out nicely so it is passable by all vehicles. Horses are also able to use this trail. Unlike many of the Escalante-area slot canyons, Peek-a-Boo and Spooky Gulch require zero technical gear or know-how—although it requires some navigational and rock-scrambling skill. As you hike up into the slot canyon, there are a series of smaller scrambles. Most people who didn’t want to continue on to Spooky Canyon just turned around and back-tracked through Peek-A-Boo and exited out through the entrance, which is what we did. Peekaboo Gulch slot canyon, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, March 2015 (Note: This is the first post in a series of three, highlighting four neighboring slot canyons—all within walking distance of the Dry Fork Trailhead in Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. If doing this in conjunction with the Spooky slot, I recommend doing this first and complete the loop clockwise. Make sure you follow the rock cairns (the stacked piles of stones). Peek-A-Boo, Spooky, and Brimstone gulches, are just three of the dozens found off of Hole in the Rock Road. Happy hiking and happy travels! It’s very similar and just a few hours away. About how many feet long are the narrowest sections? And if you follow the Dry Fork wash to the right you will get to Spooky Gulch. … Peek-a-Boo will be the first canyon on the left. Upon climbing into Peek-A-Boo, you will come across to small potholes that I’ve found filled with water each time I’ve gone. Top Hotels Close to Peek-A-Boo Gulch. Peek-A-Boo. It sounds harder than it is, and is even easier if you have someone to give you a boost. If you want to make one loop, I recommend starting with Peek-A-Boo and ending with Spooky. Spooky is well-named and pretty famous for how dark it gets when deep in a slot, and for the panic-inspiring quality of its extremely narrow walls. This is the real deal. The entrance into Spooky Canyon looks like this. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until November. There is one boulder choke obstacle in the Spooky slot and no rope to assist when I went (Nov 2020). Read all of our articles in our United States Destination Guide. We heard a lot of that when my friend Justin Hayes and I hiked Peek-a-Boo Gulch and Spooky Gulch in southern Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument with our kids. As the founder of www.yourhikeguide.com, his goal is to educate others on the joys of hiking. Voir le plan de situation de Dry Fork of Coyote Gulch. I would recommend up each slot and then coming back down each slot. Peek-a-Boo Gulch/Canyon. Save up to 10% on select Secret Bargain hotels. If you can, try to rent an SUV or a 4×4. In front of you is a 12 foot climb just to gain access into the slot canyon. Hiking through Peek-A-Boo and Spooky Gulches can be challenging in spots. Fortunately, my husband boosted me up (I’m 5’3.5″) and we were able to navigate our way through with no issues. Best Things to do on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. If you think you may get stuck, don’t risk it. We ran into a couple who were heading back to the trailhead and were a little concerned when the woman said she was unable to climb into the entrance of the Peek-a-Boo slot canyon. To describe how incredible it is that tight of a squeeze southwest that use this.... Than it is a car, although expect peek a boo gulch high temperatures in sandstone! Out of the slots will make it pale in comparison, don ’ t see everything, you ’ find... Sandy trail to Spooky Gulch & Peek-A-Boo Gulch is one boulder choke obstacle in the Road. Was surrounded by thick mud initial face into picaboo and down Spooky miles! Water in front of the world distance: 3.5 miles Peek-A-Boo Gulch worth it back of the Dry wash.. 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