Per usual, we wanted to evade the crowds. On a road trip, we couldn't miss seeing slot canyons in southern Utah, but we didn't want to spend our time in the crowds at Antelope Canyon. We opted to take our own hike elsewhere. We found a camping area outside of Page at the UT-AZ border, near some of the trailheads. This spot is also at the northern terminus of the AZ Trail. We drove down a bumpy dirt road for about an hour before getting to the trailhead. I highly recommend a high clearance vehicle, and 4x4 is possible. We chose to do the Wirepass Trail for a few miles to get a short introduction to the slot canyons. It was a fun (and somewhat creepy) hike into the canyon. I recommend taking water and keeping a close eye on your time. You'll have to do out and back (or in and out, in this case). Overnight permits for inside the canyon are limited and will require multiple days. You'll also want to monitor the weather and use caution when rain is in the forecast (flash floods are no joke!). This was a really cool and secluded spot.
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