When Is the Best Time
It is a beautiful and less-known red Navajo sandstone canyon that is still one of the hidden treasures that are rare nowadays with social media. The picturesque Peek a Boo Slot Canyon is a miniature version of Antelope just half an hour drive north of Kanab.
Several slot canyons have the nickname Peek a Boo. This one is close to Kanab. What makes this canyon so special? The missing crowds!
Best Day Time
The light is perfect at noon, with awesome reflections inside the canyon. Soak in the spectacular array of colours. It is difficult to get to Peek a Boo, but you get rewarded with an easy walk through this Antelope like canyon. It is an amazing spot for the entire family. The advantage of this slot canyon no entrance fee or permit is required. This adventure is for free and not overrun. However, from time to time, there are several guided trips at once, all coming by UTV'S.
Kanab is located on roughly 5.000 feet/ 1.500 m elevation and Peek a Boo on 5.500 feet/ 1.700 m. This area experiences a high desert climate and low humidity. It doesn’t rain much on average, below 15 inches annually. The dirt road to Peek a Boo is impassable when wet.
The most pleasant and best times are spring from March to May and autumn in October and November. Average day temperatures are mild, around 59°F/15°C in March and November but drop to freezing at night. In April, May, and October day temps are above 68°F/ 20°C but nights are still cold in the low 40°sF/ 5°C.
The summer is hot and dry, reaching 93°F/ 34°C. Due to the high elevations, overnight lows are ranging between 60-50°F/ 15-10°C. Occasional thunderstorms occur in late summer, causing flash floods. Roads are inaccessible after heavy rainfall. Never access a slot canyon when rain and thunderstorms are forecasted.
The winter from December to February is cold; day temps are slightly below 50°F/ 10°C. Nights are freezing in the mid 20°sF/ -5°C. Occasional snow occurs in this high elevation.
I got all these pictures and information provided by Ray Downs Photography.
Best Months to Visit
Location and Tips
The Peek, a Boo Slot Canyon, offers excellent picture opts and magical scenery. The deep soft sand and the washboard road at the end are the prices to pay for this kind of fun. The Red Canyon is narrow at some points until it suddenly ends.
How to Get To Peek a Boo
The Red Canyon or Peek a Boo staging area, and parking is located 8.5 miles north of Kanab next to Hwy 89 between milepost 72 and 73. The parking is well marked equipped with restrooms.
4 WD - ATV or UTV
It takes roughly a quarter of an hour for the four miles to the Red Canyon trailhead by 4x4, ATV or a UTV on the road 102 northwards.
You reach a large dry wash (riverbed) after 3 miles. Turn left direction west in the dry wash on road 106 h and follow it until it dead ends. Park your car here shortly before the entrance of the canyon. It is another 0,6 miles on foot. Getting here with a high clearance 4x4 in soft and deep sand is challenging. Experiences to drive through deep sand is essential if you wish to go on your own.
It would be best if you dropped the tire pressure between 20-15 psi for floating in the deep sand. An air compressor in your trunk is necessary when you get back to “normal” roads. Also, carry a shovel and a tow rope if you are stuck in the sand. An alternative is an ATV, a sand buggy which you can rent or book a guided tour from Kanab.
If you plan to hike, you need 1.5-2 hours one way. But it is not a real hiking trail and is poorly marked. It is an eight miles long return hike. Hiking to Peek a Boo takes roughly two hours through deep sand without any shelter, which is hot in summer. Wear high boots; otherwise, your shoes fill up quickly with sand. Follow the poorly marked deep sand track until you get to a wash and turn up to the left. From here, you walk roughly another 0.6 miles.
Red Canyon – Peek a Boo
There are two sections in the slot canyon just to make sure you really walk until the very end. Also, this slot canyon was and is constantly formed by rapid water and huge rocks from heavy rainfalls. Have a look up and you can see how high the water level can be and where some rocks got stuck. Therefore, please be aware of the danger of flooding water from far away thunderstorms whenever you enter a slot canyon especially in the summer. Please, always check the weather forecast before.
- Download a mapping app; cell phone service or internet connection is non-existent. Directions from Kanab to the Red Canyon by Gaia GPS
- Check out the website from Ray. He is offering exceptional pictures from Antelope, White Pocket, and other breathtaking places in the southwest. You also can follow Ray on Facebook.