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Spooky Slot Canyon

Zac and Tara navigating through Spooky slot canyon.

Spooky Slot Canyon is a fun, family-friendly slot canyon in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. This canyon is a little bit more difficult than Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon and involves a 10' section of chimneying and several tight passages.

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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

The route we took through Spooky Canyon started at the top of the canyon because we hiked up Peek-a-Boo Canyon and down Spooky Canyon.

The trail between Peek-a-Boo and Spooky is about 0.42 miles long.

Spooky Slot Canyon

My GPS wasn’t working on this trip, so the trail I traced in Google Earth may not be 100% accurate. But the trail is very easy to follow and has rock cairns marking the way.

Spooky Slot Canyon
Spooky Slot Canyon
Spooky Slot Canyon
Spooky Slot Canyon

The trail drops you right at the top of Spooky Canyon (37°29'5.50"N, 111°12'34.91"W). This connector trail took us about 24 minutes.

Spooky Slot Canyon

Spooky Canyon is a little bit more difficult than Peek-a-Boo, but it’s still quite easy.

Spooky Slot Canyon
Spooky Slot Canyon
Spooky Slot Canyon

Like I said before, we brought our 10-month-old with us.

Spooky Slot Canyon
Spooky Slot Canyon
Spooky Slot Canyon

By far, the most difficult part of the canyon is the rockfall area, which requires chimneying down about 10 feet.

Spooky Slot Canyon

Like Peek-a-Boo, Spooky Canyon is also a slot canyon, and there are a couple parts where it is so tight that we had to unstrap our baby carrier and pass the baby from one person to the next.

Zac was pretty proud of the rock he found.

Spooky Slot Canyon
Spooky Slot Canyon

One of the neatest parts about Spooky is the texture of the canyon walls.

Spooky Slot Canyon

While Peek-a-Boo has smooth sandstone, Spooky has rough, “pock-marked” walls.

Spooky Slot Canyon
Spooky Slot Canyon

It may not look like it, but Savannah actually enjoyed herself. Even when she had to be carried on the side, she was enthralled by the canyon and wanted to touch everything.

Spooky Slot Canyon

Spooky Canyon took us about 37 minutes to go the 0.31 miles. Here is Tara and Savannah taking a breather at the mouth of the canyon.

Spooky Slot Canyon

The mouth of Spooky Slot Canyon.

Spooky Slot Canyon

From the mouth of Spooky Canyon, follow the trail to the southwest. The trail to the northwest doesn’t go anywhere.

Spooky Slot Canyon

After about 15 minutes, you’ll pass the mouth of Peek-a-Book Canyon. Return to the parking area the way you came.

Spooky Slot Canyon
Spooky Slot Canyon

We finished at about 6:20pm (total time of 2 hours and 40 minutes to do Peek-a-Boo and Spooky). We went at a leisurely speed on this trip. I’m guessing that if we were in a hurry, we could do the loop in about an hour (jogging), but I wouldn’t recommend rushing it.

Trip Report: March 28, 2015