Utah's Slot Canyons

  • Paria Canyon  - © flickr user OakleyOriginals
  • Zion Narrows Water Walking  - © Pixabay user skeeze
  • Buckskin Gulch to Paria Canyon - © flickr user thegrekle
  • Buckskin Gulch to Paria Canyon - © flickr user thegrekle
  • Buckskin Gulch to Paria Canyon - © flickr user thegrekle
  • Hiking the Narrows in Zion National Park  - © Wikimedia Commons user Sakturner
  • Hiking through the Narrows  - © Wiki Commons user Jwy1948
  • Paria Canyon  - ©  flickr user OakleyOriginals
  • Wilis Creek   - © flickr user Achilli Family
  • Willis Creek  - ©  wiki user Inklein

Key information: Utah's Slot Canyons

  • Probably the world’s finest concentration of slot canyons?
  • Deep and often absurdly narrow gashes, their walls brightly coloured and water-smoothed into beautiful shapes. Exploring them is unforgettably exciting.

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  • Walkopedia rating93
  • Beauty34
  • Natural interest19
  • Human interest2
  • Charisma38
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating93

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Buckskin Gulch to Paria Canyon - © flickr user thegrekle

WALK SUMMARY

Utah possesses probably the world’s finest concentration of slot canyons, deep and often absurdly narrow gashes in the mountains, plateaux and high tablelands, their walls brightly coloured and water-smoothed into beautiful shapes. Exploring them is unforgettably exciting.

You must take in one while in the area – and, you should be able to fine one nearby wherever you go.

Here are some of the best.

Buckskin Gulch and Paria Canyon, on the Utah/Arizona border, the Grand Canyon tributaries. Two of the very best, marvellous multi-day walking.

Zion Narrows and Left Fork/the Subway, Zion NP’s famous offerings.

Various slots in the Needles area of Canyonlands NP. Blue John Canyon made famous in the film 127 hours.

Willis Creek and others in Grand Staircase-Escalante NM

This can be tough walking in dry, remote canyons with uncertain weather. Some are decidedly wet and some require significant canyoneering skills and equipment – research carefully. Come fully prepared, and carry enough water. See detailed pages for some of the risks – flash floods are a particularly deadly problem: make sure you will be safe.

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Zion Narrows Water Walking  - © Pixabay user skeeze

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