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Peekaboo Gulch

Escalante River, Escalante, UT
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Slot canyon magic

After managing the entry into the gulch which involved a slightly challenging climb on slippery... read more

Reviewed 27 April 2016
Andrea D
Salzburg, Austria
Fun hike - middle of nowhere

Takes a while to get here on a washboard dirt road, but worth it. It was pretty spectacular. When... read more

Reviewed 25 April 2016
Salt Lake City, Utah
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The gulch is most famous because of the last 100 meters, before the junction with Dry Fork of Coyote Gulch - here the ravine cuts deeper into the sandstone, with a series of interlinked potholes, extravagant swirls and fins of rock, and several arches; these different openings and the many corners and crevices account for the curious name of this canyon.
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  • Very good12%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Escalante River, Escalante, UT
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Reviewed 27 April 2016

After managing the entry into the gulch which involved a slightly challenging climb on slippery sandstone, a magical world of rock arches, windows and tunnels opened before us! We hiked through the cool shade in the gulch, were stunned by nature's artistic skills in carving...More

Thank Andrea D
Reviewed 25 April 2016 via mobile

Takes a while to get here on a washboard dirt road, but worth it. It was pretty spectacular. When you get to peek-a-boo gulch there is one slot canyon just before it that is also awesome. They are both great experiences.

Thank CRH01
Reviewed 24 April 2016

My nephew, his daughter and I really enjoyed this slot canyon! It's challenging, but not totally overwhelming. Being short and not as limber as the younger set, I did need a helping hand to climb up some spots, but we laughed a lot and it...More

1  Thank lindasmith12016
Reviewed 18 April 2016

This was the first time for my kids (10 &12) to explore a slot canyon. They loved it! We had a little difficulty climbing into the slot, but it was all fun from that point on.

Thank janeP5724CD
Reviewed 10 April 2016

These are great slot canyons, and ones that you really rely on the help of others for, too! We went in from the wash side up Peek-A-Boo and down through Spooky, and when we come back we will do them both backwards...just for the variety!...More

1  Thank Steve M
Reviewed 8 April 2016 via mobile

We love this slot canyon. This was our third time hiking it. The road has deteriorated and they ask low-clearance vehicles to park a mile from the trailhead.

1  Thank 3dj
Reviewed 1 April 2016

This was INCREDIBLE! I had a hard time (a VERY hard time!) getting my wife up the first wall- it is hard... but you an make it. She is so happy now that she did it. It is a lot of fun, and beautiful. The...More

1  Thank dave k
Reviewed 21 March 2016

i'm 66 male and in decent shape. peekaboo is a very fun short hike in a narrow canyon. there is sky overhead at all times, so i never felt claustrophobic. the only reason i do not give this a five is that it is a...More

1  Thank formerlegend
Reviewed 27 November 2015

I went on a Utah/Arizona trip (Bryce, Zion, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend) with my friend back in May 2015 and we both agree that this is the highlight of our trip. I was a little concerned before the trip since none of us know how...More

12  Thank Sonia G
Reviewed 18 November 2015

We visited Peekaboo Gulch on a tour with Dreamland Safaris from Kanab, Utah. What an awesome place to visit! This slot canyon is secluded and very quiet. We were able to enjoy the beauty without the crowds and get some fantastic photos. This is the...More

1  Thank Clsikes
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Steven R
Can you get though the peekaboo and gulch slots in the month of may?
30 April 2017|
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Response from suzieFortCollins | Reviewed this property |
Yes, no problem. Just don't go if there is a thunder storm coming .if u r going to do the loop be aware coming out of Spooky is a 25 ft rock scramble up and out. And peekaboo has a a 20 ft up at the entrance
Steven R
Can you get though these slots ( peekaboo and the gulch ) in the month of May?
30 April 2017|
Response from Steven R |
Can you get though the peekaboo and gulch slots in the month on May?
I'm used to alpine hiking with my teenage kids, but we're doing Southern Utah later this summer. We're canyoneering with a guide in Capitol Reef a few days before we hit Boulder and Escalante. I really want to take the teenagers into Spooky and Peekaboo, but I'm worried about navigating the canyons without someone with local expertise. It is relatively easy to follow the route? Is it clear when you go up, when you go down and the safest places for sliding up and down the canyon walls? Maybe I watched 127 hours too many times. I am not normally a nervous outdoors-person. Something about dessert navigation and being down below the surface has me taking pause. Books? Topo maps? Anything else to assure me it's safe to lead my kids here would be much appreciated. Many thanks!
21 June 2016|
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Response from sixutefans | Reviewed this property |
Don't psych yourself out. You are going to be absolutely fine on this adventure! First of all, there is a very good chance you'll be able to follow other hikers the entire journey. If not, print out directions from the... More