Spooky Gulch Escalante Utah in 360 Degrees

Spooky Gulch Slot Canyon - Do You Dare To Go In?
Spooky Gulch Slot Canyon - Do You Dare To Go In?  


  • 4.4 Mile Round Trip if paired with Peek A Boo Slot.  Otherwise Shorter.
  • 5.75 Hours from SLC, 2 Hours from Bryce Canyon.  To get here it  has a long wash board section. You Might want to check with Park service before heading in.  First time it was rough even with a 4 wheel drive vehicle.  Second time it would have been fine in a car, but the hour long section of wash boards is always brutal.
  • Heavily Trafficked.  Might want to get their early.  Most people go in Peek A Boo and out Spooky, for it is easier to drop into Spooky Gulch, then try and get up out of it.  It makes it really rough if you go the opposite direction to pass people for the trail is often 18 inches wide. or smaller.  ( had to hold my backpack and walk sideways.
  • Moderate Hike (just because of  DROP SPOT)- Probably Level 3
  • Suitable for Ages 6 and above. 
Spooky Gulch Slot Canyon - Escalante Utah
Spooky Gulch Slot Canyon - Escalante Utah

So it is one thing to have Spooky Slot Canyon be so narrow.  You add to that the fact that Spooky is also darker rock, and gets little light, and yes there are people who get claustrophobic in here.  If you have people like that in your group and they are safe to do a different slot, I would suggest letting the brave very adventuresome to Spooky, and have the rest go back and do Dry Fork.  It is super easy for those stressed about this. Here is info on DRY FORK SLOT.
Link to Dry Fork.
Of course most people do Peek A Boo and Spooky Gulch as combo, and most go in Peek A Boo and Out Spooky Gulch.  If you go the opposite way it can make it rough to pass.  Here is info on Peek A Boo.
Link to Peek A Boo Slot

Peek A Boo Slot Canyon - Escalante Utah
Spooky  Gulch

360 Google Earth Trail Spooky Gulch Escalante Utah

This is the 3rd out of the 4 slot Canyons in the area. We did this in Combo with Peek a Boo Canyon, so that post and the Dry Fork Slot posts have directions to get from  the parking lot.   To get to this canyon from the end of peek a Boo you turn right after exiting the canyon, and then watch the Carins.  They are pretty good about taking you from the one canyon to the next.  We walked about 10 minutes to get from the end of Peek a Boo to the start of Spooky Gulch. This canyon was similar, but the walls have more of the bumps on it, and it is narrower, and their is a spot that is a good drop, but if there are people around, there seems to always be hands to help you get down or up.


Getting up out of Spooky Gulch in Escalante utah
Getting up out of Spooky Gulch in Escalante


They are black just until you click on them, and then they will come up!  

360 Google Earth Trail Of Tough Spot Getting In or Out of Spooky Gulch

Todd Descending Into Spooky Gulch Slot Canyon - Escalante
Todd Descending Into Spooky Gulch Slot Canyon - Escalante


(Both Photo above and Video Below.  You have to click on it to have it show up.)

360 Google Earth Trail in Spooky Gulch- Escalante

Spooky Gulch Slot Canyon Escalante Utah
Spooky Gulch Slot Canyon Escalante Utah


Spooky Gulch Definitely Not 360 Friendly.  

I was so excited to do a 360 trail here at Spooky Gulch.  I found out real fast that this was not an great idea.  If fact, this post got set aside for a year before I decided to look at it again and see if anything was salvageable.  The problem is 360 cameras do not work well in narrow places, or bad lighting, and on top of that, the poor camera got very scratched up in the process.  I know this is not my best post, but as I look back, this has some good info for people to know.  So please forgive for it not being great. I had planned to get back redo this with a Go Pro, but I haven't made it back.  On my list to redo, for it is quite the adventure, but it hasn't happened yet....but it will. 

My 360 Attempt in Dark Spooky Gulch Slot Canyon 

Traversing Turns and Drops in the Narrow Spaces of Spooky Gulch Slot Canyon - Escalante Utah
Traversing Turns and Drops in the Narrow Spaces of Spooky Gulch Slot Canyon - Escalante Utah

Spooky Gulch Slot Canyon Escalante Utah
Spooky Gulch Slot Canyon Escalante Utah



Escalante is still a work in progress in developing roads and making trails really clear, so you expect a little bumps.  To get to this hike you have to travel down Hole in the Rock Road (which is 26 miles south of Escalante of Highway 12.)  You travel down Hole in the Rock for 26 miles down a washboard dirt road to the Dry Fork Road that heads Northeast into the dessert.  This Dry Fork Road branches again very soon and you need to stay left.  The road here gets much worse.  On the last part of this road there is a lip that makes it tricky to not bottom out and ruin your car even in a 4x4 vehicle. I wish they would fix it. (I went back and it was fixed! At least until the next rain storm.)   The parking lot is just a cleared spot in the middle of the dessert with a sign that let's you know you have reached the correct spot.

You start the trail at a big sign that say TRAIL and you are following Cairns down a hill.
The last part you walk along a steep Rock wall and then Dry Canyon will be on your left.  There are actually 4 amazing slot canyons here.  Dry Canyon is not as dare devilish and you can hike it if you are wider than 18 inches.  It has steep walls and is narrow, but not narrow like the others.  I have info on the other 3 slot canyons below.
    Peek a Boo has an entrance that is really steep climb 12-15 feet but has good hand holds, and then once you get past that there is a other spot that is not as steep, but needs a buddy to boost each other to get up.  I found a trick to make this canyon easier, and you can read about it on my blog post about Peek A Boo Slot Canyon.  Most people hike Peek a Boo then turn right and walk about 10 minutes to the entrance to Spooky Gulch, then drop down into Spooky Gulch.  Those who go the other way cause problems for you are trying to get through a narrow 18 inch canyon and passing is not easy.  Peek a Boo is narrower than Dry Canyon but not as narrow as Spooky Gulch.

If you would like to see my favorite hikes in Escalante, here is a GoogleList with all my Escalante Favorites on a map.

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One of my favorite slot canyons. A definite family favorite.  Great for all ages.



This slot is short unless you are willing to wiggle through by pressing your back against one wall and your feet against the other.  If you are willing to do that, then this canyon goes pretty far.  Even if you are not, the walk into Zebra has some of that amazing Wave like formations that it is a stunning hike just for that.



Tunnel is one of those canyons that if you can manage to find it, then it is amazing, but finding it is the trick part.  It definitely makes for a super fun adventure for it is not well marked, but if you have the right gear it is definitely doable.  We went before it had really warmed up, so the water in the tunnel was cold, but it definitely is a very cool adventure exploring that amazing slot canyon and then having to walk through that tunnel to get out. 



Super Cool and Kid Friendly Slot Canyon.  Great for all ages.  Only draw back is that it can get busy. 


This canyon is incredible, but not for those wanting to keep their feet dry.  It will not happen unless you have waterproof socks.  An epic adventure you must try when the water is warm enough to not get too cold of feet.  Not for tiny little ones, but probably 8 and up could handle this. 



If you are thinking about doing Peek A Boo, you should also consider Dry Fork.  It is right in this same area, and you actually walk right by it to do Peek A Boo.   The walls are taller than in Peek A Boo, and it never gets as narrow as Peek A Boo so it feels totally different.  I still really enjoyed it and thought it totally worth my time.  

DING & DANG SLOT CANYON - San Rafael Swell

Ding and Dang is not to be attempted unless you are a Level 4 Hiker, and you are not freaked out with heights.  If you are a very capable hiker with a support group to hike this with you, this is an amazing adventure, but don't be mislead, this is a tough hike.  


CRACK CANYON - San Rafael Swell
A definite favorite of my.  This slot canyon has enormous walls, really unique formations in the walls, and it is just a fabulous adventure.