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“A little scary, but worth it!”
Review of Peekaboo Gulch

Peekaboo Gulch
Ranked #4 of 26 things to do in Escalante
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Springfield, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 226 helpful votes
“A little scary, but worth it!”
Reviewed October 22, 2012

You have to drive 26 miles on a dirt road. The road is pretty rutted with a couple of ditches. It took us about an hour to get that far. The parking lot at the trail head is pretty clear and you'll see a trail head sign, but from there it is hard to distinguish the trail. You're basically going down into the canyon. When you get down there, go right. You'll see a canyon opening on the left, but Peekaboo is further up. It is an opening on the left, about 12 feet up. You have to climb up the wall using hand and foot holds. When we got inside we almost thought the hike was over because there was a large pool of muddy water. It didn't look like we'd all be able to get over it without getting our boots soaked (we were hiking in October and it was too cool to be walking around in wet boots/pants and we had a 15 and 12 year old with us). My husband managed to get over and found a large log on the other side that helped get us over the big puddle. From there it was a serious of tight passages, climbing up, down, pulling your way through, etc. It was just beautiful. Expect a few scrapes and some of the areas are really tight (gotta take the backpacks off or you'll stuck in those sections). We got the end and turned around and went back instead of going on to Spooky. Just as much fun on the way back. The hike out of the canyon was a little stressful, as we weren't really sure where the trail was. Just keep hiking up and we made it to a point where we could see the cars/trail head.

Visited October 2012
3 Thank KMR96
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Super fun!”
Reviewed September 8, 2012 via mobile

This is the most exciting hike i've done thus far. It is very different than other mountain hikes i had done in the past. Hiking in canyon country made me apprecioate nature even more. Getting to the hike is a little hard because of the drive on the dirt road, but it's very much worth it. I went about two weeks ago and there were thunderstorms every other day. We had to rush through both peekaboo and spooky because it was getting cloudy fast. We did the loop in two and a half hours, though we're not really in shape, and it was medium to hard for us. If this is your first time, you should go up peekabo first, then down spooky. Spooky is darkerr and narrower, with one steep drop. I wouldnt have been able to do it on my own, with out my hubby's help in some cases. Keep in mind that he's 200-210lbs, 5'8" and he barely made it through, with a few scratches on his back. Any bigger, and i don't think it would work. For those that hve one full day available, there is an option to do a round trip to another longer slot called Brimstone. You can go in for about 15 min and then it becomes impassible, about 6in wide. Another option for canyoneers is to do the whole slot top down with rope. This is what i would like to do when i go back. Hope this helps.

4 Thank Ana Maria P
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Pennington, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Very nice hike”
Reviewed September 2, 2012

Great slot canyon. Getting there is OK but may be a problem without 4x4. There are too many cairns and the path down to the canyon is difficult to find. In the end - does not really matter, one can descend in many places.

Visited August 2012
1 Thank PawelJK
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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“great experience”
Reviewed August 26, 2012

it is a 3.5 miles loop hike if you do it with Spooky gulsh!
it is the best to start with Peekaboo and come down in Spooky!

Visited August 2012
Thank Doloka
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Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Lost ring”
Reviewed August 16, 2012

Had so much fun that I lost my wedding ring! Oops! If anyone is down there and finds it (made of cobalt so silver in color) please let me know! I figure it was probably in the slot canyon that has the entrance on the left right before the entrance to peekaboo.

Visited August 2012
Thank Anthony C
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