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Red Canyon (Peek-a-Boo Canyon)

A rare slot canyon is perfect for photography and adventures


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Red Canyon or Peek-a-Boo Canyon, located near Kanab, Utah, is a series of narrow slots going through the thick red sandstone rock of the Glendale Bench. It lies a few miles from Zion National Park. Slot canyons are a hidden treasure of this area that attracts many adventurers willing to explore everything in depth. Kanab's Peek-a-boo Canyon can be reached only with a 4WD car as you'll be driving through a desert landscape. The best time to hike in the area is spring and fall, when it's not too hot and the chances of rain are low. Flash flooding can be dangerous in this area so don't explore the canyon when it rains.

Kanab's Peek-a-Boo Canyon has about half mile of winding passages up to 100 ft (30 m) deep that can be accessed from US 89 at the Mount Carmel Junction. The slot canyon is parallel to the highway and can be reached by a 2.8 mi (4.5 km) sandy trail that can be covered on foot or in a 4WD car.

The walls of the canyon were formed from the Navajo sandstone and are dark red in color. The first slots are quite shallow, but they get deeper towards the end. Some parts are dim due to rocks blocking the light. The canyon can be checked out in about one hour.

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