Into the Slot Canyons, Part 1

Trail to the slot canyons

Trail to the slot canyons

November 14th, 2020

To those of you celebrating today, Happy Diwali! Wishing you health, happiness and joy during this festival of lights!

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Today we’re hiking into the slot canyons of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah. To get here, we drove 25 miles down dusty, dirty Hole In the Rock Road. From the parking area, we hiked a mile across a gradually descending landscape to a dry river bed. From there, the trail dropped below surface level into Dry Fork Slot Canyon.

Dry Fork Slot Canyon leads to Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon, which leads to Spooky Slot Canyon. The whole loop is about six miles and, if you’ve never hiked a slot canyon, it’s as much a mental experience as it is a physical one. As you see the canyon narrow in front of you, your instinct is to stop moving forward while your sense of adventure wants to keep going. As the trail goes deeper, the sky above becomes a sliver of blue between the canyon walls. Sunlight is your only connection to the world above ground but along with it comes the realization that there’s no way up out of these walls… only forward or backward.

Today we’ll get through Dry Fork Slot Canyon (by far the widest of the three) and tomorrow we’ll move on to the others. I’ll step aside so you can explore. Just follow J — he knows the way! And there’s a little video thrown in as well.

More tomorrow,
Kelly

Post of the Day: Adding a bit of light to the darkness as we get through the pandemic together. This series features travel photos from my archives, shared with you while staying close to home.

Dry Fork Riverbed

Dry Fork Riverbed

Opening of Dry Fork Slot Canyon

Opening of Dry Fork Slot Canyon

Dry Fork Slot Canyon

Dry Fork Slot Canyon

Dry Fork Slot Canyon

Dry Fork Slot Canyon

Dry Fork Slot Canyon

Dry Fork Slot Canyon

Dry Fork Slot Canyon

Dry Fork Slot Canyon

Dry Fork Slot Canyon

Dry Fork Slot Canyon

Dry Fork Slot Canyon

Dry Fork Slot Canyon

Dry Fork Slot Canyon

Dry Fork Slot Canyon

Canyon Texture

Canyon Texture

Nearing the end of Dry Fork Slot Canyon

Nearing the end of Dry Fork Slot Canyon

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