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Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon

The double arch in Peek-a-Book slot canyon.

Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon is a fun, family-friendly slot canyon in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The hike takes you 0.3 miles up a short slot canyon with a double arch and two single arches.

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Waypoints

Waypoint Latitude Longitude Description
TURN1 37.4666516 -111.2239595 Turn 1, 26.2 miles down Hole in the Rock Road
CAMP 37.4662378 -111.2059334 One good place to camp
PARK 37.4768015 -111.2201705 Park
DFBOT 37.4812382 -111.2176675 Dry Forks Bottom
DFTOP 37.4834545 -111.2249238 Dry Forks Top
PBBOT 37.4816014 -111.2166066 Peek-a-Boo Bottom
PBTOP 37.4852864 -111.2166052 Peek-a-Boo Top
SPTOP 37.4851380 -111.2094564 Spooky Top
SPBOT 37.4814013 -111.2093207 Spooky Bottom
JUNC1 37.4761991 -111.1970365 Junction #1
LBBOT 37.4873471 -111.1932913 Lower Brimstone Bottom
LBTOP 37.4930344 -111.1906222 Lower Brimstone Top
LIBOT 37.4747478 -111.1950517 Little Canyon Bottom
LITOP 37.4769922 -111.1933339 Little Canyon Top

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Trip Report: June 17, 2011


Peek-a-Boo Canyon / Spooky Canyon Loop at EveryTrail

On Friday afternoon, after finishing Zebra Slot Canyon, we met up with the rest of our group. We set up camp at a really nice campsite that was close but still off the beaten path (37°27'57.76"N, 111°12'21.77"W). Then when it cooled down a little, we went and hiked through Peek-a-Boo and Spooky Slot Canyons.

The roads are pretty rough, but we still drove our little Nissan Altima all the way to the trailhead (37°28'35.57"N, 111°13'13.07"W). We started hiking around 3:40pm. In our group: Jeremy, Tara, Savannah, Anthony, Arianne, Zac, and Aaron.

Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon

The first part of the trail is a little hard to follow at parts, but all paths lead to the same place, so don't get too stressed out if you lose the trail. After you drop down off the ridge, you’ll see the mouth of Dry Fork of Coyote Gulch Narrows on your left (37°28'52.13"N, 111°13'4.96"W). Keep going straight and you’ll soon arrive at the mouth of Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon (37°28'53.03"N, 111°12'59.90"W).

Dry Fork Coyote Gulch and Spooky Canyons

We made it there by 3:56pm (16 minutes), but when we were hiking to Brimstone Canyon on Saturday morning, we arrived at Peek-a-Boo in just 8 minutes.

The entrance to Peek-a-Boo Canyon is the most difficult part of the whole canyon. The roughly 10-foot wall would normally be un-climbable for most people. However, someone was kind enough to carve Moqui Steps in the wall, making is possible for almost everyone to gain access to the canyon. Others that have been to Peek-a-Boo say that there is often a pool of water at the entrance, but when we were there in June, it was completely dry.

Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon

There was another group exiting the canyon when we got there, so we had to wait for a while. Judging from the rock spiral in the sand, I'm guessing we weren't the only ones to wait at the mouth for a while.

Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon
Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon

While we were waiting, Zac, Aaron, and I had fun running up the wall to a pocket.

Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon

Almost immediately after entering Peek-a-Boo Canyon, there is an awesome double arch (best viewed after passing through the arches and looking backward).

Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon
Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon
Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon
Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon

There are also two other arches in the canyon.

Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon
Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon

Peek-a-Boo Canyon is a true slot canyon because you can touch both walls at the same time. In fact, there are places that get quite narrow.

Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon
Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon
Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon

The canyon remains fairly narrow for about 0.15 miles at which point it widens out and opens up a little bit. You may be fooled into thinking this is the end of the canyon, but it isn’t.

Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon

Keep going a little bit further and it gets narrow again.

Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon
Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon
Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon
Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon
Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon

At 0.35 miles, the canyon opens up again (37°29'6.15"N, 111°12'59.85"W).

Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon
Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon

The trail splits from here. You can keep going up Peek-a-Book Canyon, where it soon gets narrow again; you can turn around and go back down the way you came; or you can follow a trail to the right that takes you to Spooky Canyon, which is what we did (but next time we go, we’ll definitely explore Peek-a-Boo farther up).

Trip Report: March 28, 2015