Known collectively as the Irish Slot Canyons, Shillelagh, Blarney and Leprechaun canyons are accessible about 33 miles south of Hanksville in the North Wash, which runs parallel to Highway 95. Sandthrax is a fourth Irish Slot Canyon that is lesser known and much more difficult to explore. The North Wash starts out as a sandy creek bed near the Henry Mountains and runs south all the way to Lake Powell where it ends as a 1,200-feet deep
Tropic is the largest of three small ranching communities that make up the Bryce Valley area located just outside Bryce Canyon National Park. This little gem of a town is set amidst some of the most scenic southern Utah landscape imaginable: Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Dixie National Forest, Red Canyon, and of course Bryce Canyon, just to name a few.
Bryce Canyon Country’s slot canyons are evidence of the extraordinary powers of moving water. Powerful flowing rivers, heavy thunderstorms, and spring run-off from snow-covered mountains have all had a hand in chiseling, shaping, and smoothing the narrow sandstone canyons.
Flash floods, caused by a sudden rush of water filling a narrow space, are also a powerful force in a slot canyon’s formation. During a flash flood,
The Escalante River canyons are abundant in the area surrounding Scenic Byway 12 between Boulder and Escalante. The canyons in this area of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument vary from narrow and deep to wide open. Some of the most frequently explored canyons of this region include Upper and Lower Calf Creek Falls, Upper and Lower Escalante, and Little Death Hollow.
Little Death Hollow is about eight
Round Valley Draw slot canyon is tucked into the Kaiparowits Plateau section of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument’s backcountry wilderness. Located near Cannonville, Bryce Canyon, and Kodachrome Basin State Park, the 4.5- to 6-mile roundtrip route through Round Valley Draw takes hikers on a scenic, tunnel-like adventure through the narrows of the Paria River drainage system. There are few obstacles, but it’s helpful to have at least one experienced climber in the group for navigating large boulders and a couple
The Escalante River and some of its tributaries wind through the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, creating a maze of intricate canyons just waiting to be explored. While many of the Escalante River slot canyons are accessible from Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and the southern tip of Lake Powell, Hole-in-the-Rock Road offers vehicular access from Escalante to several popular slot canyons in