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Hiking Guide: Peek-A-Boo Slot and Spooky Gulch

Peek-A-Boo Slot and Spooky Gulch



Peek-A-Boo Slot Canyon and Spooky Gulch are among Utah’s finest non-technical slot canyons. The canyons are adjacent from each other and are usually done together, often as a loop hike.

Dry Fork Trail provides access to both Peek-A-Boo and Spooky, which are found off of Hole in the Rock Road in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

Kim squeezes her way through Spooky Gluch
Kim squeezes her way through Spooky Gluch

Quick Facts

  • Distance: 4-6 miles
  • Hike Time: 3-4 hours
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 600 feet
  • Fee: Free
  • Dogs: Dogs are allowed but slots aren’t suitable
  • Difficulty: Easy approach, slots are moderate

Hiking to Peek-A-Boo and Spooky

In May 2012, Kim and I hiked Peek-A-Boo Slot and Spooky Gulch.

Max (the author) in Peek-A-Boo
Max (the author) in Peek-A-Boo

In my opinion, the best way to do it is to enter Peek-A-Boo from the south, then bear right at the junction found at the end of the slot. From there, bear right and continue south down Spooky, then exit and bear left to continue down the sandy wash back to Peek-A-Boo’s entrance.

From there, continue back to Lower Dry Fork Trailhead where you started.

On the approach to the lower trailhead, before you turn left off of Hole In The Rock Road, make sure to air down your tires. Most vehicles will have no problem descending the sandy road but its notorious for getting people stuck on the way out.

You can avoid it altogether by parking in the dirt lot on the right side of BLM Road 252. This only adds about 1 mile to the hike total.

Kim scrambles in Peek-A-Boo
Kim scrambles in Peek-A-Boo



From Highway 12, follow the unpaved Hole in the Rock Road for 25.9 miles and turn left onto BLM Road 252. 0.8 miles in, there is a dirt parking lot on the right side. Unless you have 4WD and are prepared to air down your tires, park here. If you’re confident you can back up the sandy road, turn left and continue to the lower trailhead (Dry Fork Trailhead).

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Spooky Gulch
Spooky Gulch
Kim gives an incredulous smile in Spooky Gulch
Kim gives an incredulous smile in Spooky Gulch

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