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Hiking Guide: Zebra Slot Canyon

Zebra Slot Canyon



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.

Matt S in Zebra Slot Canyon
Matt S in Zebra Slot Canyon

Quick Facts

  • 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.

Kim wanders through Zebra
Kim wanders through Zebra

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.

Hanging out in Zebra
Hanging out in Zebra



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.

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Troy Boman in Zebra Slot Canyon

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