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billyb68 Mar 15th, 2008 08:02 PM

Slot Canyon/bryce/zion
does anybody have any advice,opinion , on which park would have the best moderate hike for a slot canyon? the narrows in zion? wall st bryce? thanks, bill

elnap29 Mar 15th, 2008 10:43 PM

I don't know about "best." Wall Street is pretty cool at Bryce. It is easiest going down Wall street and then it's pretty flat until you climb out (Navajo Loop?). The hike does not take very long. The Narrows in Zion is a water hike. It's fantastic, but you have to be cautious about the weather and you can't go when the later level is too high and current too fast. Check with the rangers at the Visitor Center.
I'd recommend Escalante. There is a new Visitor Center there for advice. We took a guided slot canyon hike there and it was amazing. (Spooky and Peek-a-boo Canyons and one other).

Dayle Mar 16th, 2008 06:55 AM


The greatest hike I've ever done (so far) was a slot canyon just outside Zion Natl Park. You must have a permit to hike it and you should go with a guide, unless you are a climber with your own equipment and in good physical condition.

I would say it's a bit past moderate for most people. 9 miles one-way and car shuttle required.

Check with the guide services in Springdale and sign up ahead.

Myer Mar 16th, 2008 09:00 AM

I believe Wall Street in Bryce is now open since the rock slide. It's been covered over to permit hiking thru it.

Since I've been to Bryce I may end up there if I have time and then go back to SLC.

About 30 minutes from Bryce in the same direction as Kodachrome park is Willis Creek. I'm planning on going there this May. It's a fairly easy slot canyon.

billyb68 Mar 23rd, 2008 07:13 PM

hey all,,,been doin my homework and actually looked into escalante...the wave ( not slot, but cool ) and buckskin gulch??? the guided tour of spookey and peek-a-boo..was guided necessary?? im not looking to rapell or anything,,,can you give me more info? ive read it online but am curious of the colors? sun exposure? etc...thank you...bill

elnap29 Mar 23rd, 2008 07:19 PM

Well, we wouldn't have done it without a guide. I don't think we would have found the slots otherwise, and one of them began by slipping into a thin crack in the earth! (I would have freaked without that guide). We used Escalante Outback Adventures (Drew and Julia Cosby), but I'm not sure if they still own it. Call the Escalante Visitor Center (in Escalante). The rangers told us that these people knew what they were doing, so we felt reassured. The rangers could also give you advice about going on your own.

billyb68 Mar 23rd, 2008 07:24 PM

thanks for the quick response..i am currently looking at the 2 slots u mentioned but will try to find the visitor center online..that was my concern,,actually finding the slots ..i dont know that i would try to fit somewhere i dont think i belong !! ha

elnap29 Mar 23rd, 2008 07:32 PM

Well, my husband and I did it at age 55 and 56. No rapelling. Some scrambling. It was really an amazing experience.

elnap29 Mar 23rd, 2008 07:36 PM

Link for Escalante Visitor Center.
We used the 2nd one listed: in Escalante

billyb68 Mar 23rd, 2008 07:38 PM

excellent, thank you...i am looking to do it w 4 children ages 10-13...they are troopers,,,we did 8 miles round trip up the harding icefield last year in alaska...were the 2 slots done in the same day?..thx

dgassa Mar 23rd, 2008 09:33 PM

You need a permit for The Wave and they only give out enought for 20 people a day, 10 and advance reservations and 10 by drawing the day before you hike. They are very difficult to get. Here's a link to BLM's web site.

elnap29 Mar 23rd, 2008 09:39 PM

Yes, the 2 slots (Spooky and Peekaboo) were done the same day, along with a 3rd (can't remember the name). They are in the same area, quite close to each other. With kids, I'd definitely want accurate information about these slots. If going in the summer, you may want to do the Narrows in Zion with them.

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