Zebra is one of Utah’s most picturesque non-technical slot canyons. It is a short and easy hike to the canyon’s entrance but those who venture into the slot may encounter knee to chest deep water, depending on how much rain the area has seen.
It gets its name from the iconic stripes on its sandstone walls.
- Distance: 5 miles
- Hike Time: 3-4 hours
- Elevation Gain/Loss: 300 feet
- Fee: Free
- Dogs: Yes, but most dogs can’t do the slot
- Difficulty: Easy approach, slot is moderate
Hiking the Zebra Slot Trail
In April 2016, Kim, Troy, Matt S, and I hiked to the Zebra Slot. We set out without knowing exactly where the slot was and took a wrong turn at Halfway Hollow, a sandy junction between dry washes.
After heading east through Harris Wash and checking out Tunnel Slot Canyon, we returned to Halfway Hollow and continued north to Zebra.
Looking at a map now, I can see that we could have continued counter-clockwise and made our erroneous turn into a nice loop hike. I’ll probably do it that way next time.
From Highway 12, follow the unpaved Hole in the Rock Road for 8 miles and park in the dirt parking lot on the right side of the road. AWD and 4WD vehicles are preferred because of washboarding.
- Earth Trekkers – How to Hike Zebra Slot Canyon in Grand Staircase-Escalante
- Road Trip Ryan – Hiking Zebra and Tunnel Slot