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Peek-A-Boo & Spooky Slot Canyons



2.9 mile 4.6 kilometer loop
91% Runnable


Ascent: 403' 123 m
Descent: -404' -123 m
High: 4,952' 1,509 m
Low: 4,673' 1,424 m


Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 24% (14°)


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Trail shared by Donald Cressman

Amazing slot canyons in the heart of Utah.

Donald Cressman

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You'll be running in the desert to get to some beautiful slot canyons. These canyons beg for their pictures to be taken, so don't forget the camera. Besides beauty, the canyons are obviously located in the desert. Make sure to bring plenty of water and food.

This run may not be comfortable for claustrophobic or heavy people. Both canyons get very narrow but Spooky, in particular, might make you suck it in a lot!

Need to Know

Pay attention to the cairns. Bring plenty of water. Heavy people might not be able to make it through Spooky.

Directions: From the junction of Highway 12 and 24 near Torrey, UT, head south on Highway 12 for 58 miles. Turn left on Hole in the Rock Rd (BLM 200) and continue on Hole in the Rock Rd for 25.9 miles. Turn left on BLM 252 and continue to trailhead head parking lot.

Runner Notes

It is not possible to run this entire route.


From the parking lot, head down the slick rock. Follow the cairns until you end up at the mouth of Peek-A-Boo (you'll see a larger slot canyon before Peek-A-Boo). You can identify Peek-A-Boo by the stacked rocks and the hand and footholds carved into the sandstone in order to climb up into the canyon. Enjoy the journey through Peek-A-Boo.

Once you exit Peek-A-Boo, again, follow the cairns east where you'll eventually make your way into a large wash. The wash (and cairns) will lead you to the mouth of Spooky. Follow spooky through and enjoy! Note, Spooky gets REALLY tight.

After exiting Spooky look for the cairn that will be straight ahead (don't go right like I did). You'll continue straight across the wash and make your way back to Peek-A-Boo and then back to the parking lot.

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May 21, 2019
Simon Pendleton
Cool and cloudy day in the canyons; trails were slightly damp from recent rain, great for walking. Both slots were almost 100% dry! 2.9mi
Mar 29, 2019
Brian Medina

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Short climb into Peek-A-Boo
Mar 23, 2015 near Loa, UT
Spooky vertical panorama
Mar 23, 2015 near Loa, UT
The colors in Peek-a-boo Gulch are truly breathtaking.
Jun 11, 2017 near Escalante, UT
Lighting in Peek-a-boo Gulch is best in the morning.
Jun 11, 2017 near Escalante, UT
The narrow confines of Peek-a-boo Gulch.
Jun 11, 2017 near Escalante, UT
Spooky Gulch can get very narrow.
Jun 11, 2017 near Escalante, UT


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