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Peekaboo Gulch

Escalante River, Escalante, UT
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Such a fun hike good for families this is one of the most popular and easy hikes, Hardest part is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Pam S
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Beautiful Slot Canyon

Not as tight a fit as it's neighbor Spooky (see review of Spooky). Just gorgeous rock formations... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Berkeley, CA
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The gulch is most famous because of the last 100 meters, before the junction with Dry Fork of Coyote Gulch - here the ravine cuts deeper into the sandstone, with a series of interlinked potholes, extravagant swirls and fins of rock, and several arches; these different openings and the many corners and crevices account for the curious name of this canyon.
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“peek a boo” (26 reviews)
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Escalante River, Escalante, UT
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Such a fun hike good for families this is one of the most popular and easy hikes, Hardest part is climbing in. Go early we left town at 8 and had the whole place to ourselves.

1  Thank Pam S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not as tight a fit as it's neighbor Spooky (see review of Spooky). Just gorgeous rock formations and a challenge that is exciting. Not for claustrophobic or obese or younger than 11 or 12--daring and fun.

Thank CulturesQuest
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This adventure will take longer than you think and it will be hotter than forecast! With that said here are a couple of tips: 1) The maps show you have to turn right after hitting the main wash from the hike in but in fact...More

1  Thank Jason C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don't be fooled. The initial hurdle may be difficult, but it's definitely not the only one. You'll find it easier, perhaps, to join up with other hikers to help one another out. It's worth the sense of accomplishment -- at least it was for this...More

1  Thank Caffeinated_Lisa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

From UT 12 in Escalante, turn onto Hole-in-the-Rock Road. Travel ~ 26 miles down this unpaved, dirt road until you get to Dry Fork Road (252) on the left. Go down this road about .7 miles and take a left. Follow this rough road(very slowly)...More

Thank maloney1969
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The road is narrow and sandy so you should know something about 4 wheeling and have good tires. Pick up maps at the BLM and ask the tour guides you encounter which road is best TODAY. Watch the sky as no one wants to get...More

Thank KCinCO123
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I loved climbing through this slot canyon. It is a 26 mile something very rough road to drive to the main trail head. This is not an easily marked trail. You really need to do your research or work with a local to pin point...More

Thank msuhich
Reviewed 5 May 2017

Initial 12 foot climb is the biggest hurdle, but is not too difficult. Rest of the hike is a fun gymnastic experience. Not for the claustrophobic.

Thank Laurence H
Reviewed 2 May 2017

We drove out to check out these slot canyons last weekend, and had a phenomenal time. The drive to the trailhead is along a long 'washboard' road, with the occasional large bump, or hole in the road that you'll need to watch out for. The...More

Thank skier365
Reviewed 1 May 2017

We hitched a lift from the 2wd car park to avoid the 1 mile walk to the 4wd car park. The family we met were incredibly helpful as they knew not only how to get to the entrance to Peekaboo, but how to scale the...More

Thank sharoninthesun
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Steven R
Can you get though the peekaboo and gulch slots in the month of may?
30 April 2017|
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Response from suzieFortCollins | Reviewed this property |
Yes, no problem. Just don't go if there is a thunder storm coming .if u r going to do the loop be aware coming out of Spooky is a 25 ft rock scramble up and out. And peekaboo has a a 20 ft up at the entrance
Steven R
Can you get though these slots ( peekaboo and the gulch ) in the month of May?
30 April 2017|
Response from Steven R |
Can you get though the peekaboo and gulch slots in the month on May?
I'm used to alpine hiking with my teenage kids, but we're doing Southern Utah later this summer. We're canyoneering with a guide in Capitol Reef a few days before we hit Boulder and Escalante. I really want to take the teenagers into Spooky and Peekaboo, but I'm worried about navigating the canyons without someone with local expertise. It is relatively easy to follow the route? Is it clear when you go up, when you go down and the safest places for sliding up and down the canyon walls? Maybe I watched 127 hours too many times. I am not normally a nervous outdoors-person. Something about dessert navigation and being down below the surface has me taking pause. Books? Topo maps? Anything else to assure me it's safe to lead my kids here would be much appreciated. Many thanks!
21 June 2016|
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Response from sixutefans | Reviewed this property |
Don't psych yourself out. You are going to be absolutely fine on this adventure! First of all, there is a very good chance you'll be able to follow other hikers the entire journey. If not, print out directions from the... More