Red Canyon (also known as Peek-a-Boo Canyon) is a non-technical slot canyon on BLM land in southwestern Utah, just east of Zion National Park
. One should note that this canyon is not the Red Canyon near to Bryce National Park or Peek-a-Boo Gulch in the Canyons of the Escalante.
This canyon does not require any technical skills to hike through almost all of its narrows, and it does not hold water in potholes. Getting to the canyon requires some cross-country desert hiking through the Sand Hills.
Red Canyon has beautiful, deep red narrows carved in the Navajo sandstone
of the Glendale Bench formation. Portions of its narrows are 100 feet deep.
Red Canyon is between Kanab and Mt. Carmel Junction on US89. To find the parking area from Mt. Carmel Junction, drive until you find the road for Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park on your right (south). From here, a secondary road leaves US89 one mile east of the Sand Dunes State Park road. This secondary road is partly paved and partly dirt, and parallels US89 for four miles before meeting the road again. This is the parking area. You can also drive along US89 for the four miles and park, but there are a few other secondary roads in the area, so ensure you're in the right place. The parking area can accommodate about 10 cars.
Follow the four-wheel-drive road that travels northeast from the parking area for about 1.1 miles until it reaches a wide wash bottom. From here, there are two options: you can follow the road to the canyon; or you can hike cross-country through the Sand Hills and save yourself a few miles. It's either a sandy road or a sandy cross-country hike.
If you choose to go cross country, use your compass to travel nearly due north for one mile to the canyon across the Sand Hills. There's a bit of up-and-down through the sand, but it's an interesting hike. Once you reach the canyon, find an appropriate way down into the wash that leads to the narrows.
Follow the canyon wash west to the narrows entrance. The narrows are about a mile long, and end abruptly at a 20 foot overhanging chockstone obstacle. I've heard that the narrows end shortly after this obstacle, and the canyon just gradually widens. Getting to the chockstone obstacle requires no technical skills, and there is usually no water in this canyon unless it is just after a storm.
Never hike in a slot canyon when it is raining upstream. Just consider the forces that created the slot canyon. Never enter a slot canyon with threatening skies, and monitor weather throughout the day.
No red tape.
It's BLM land, so camping is at-large for this area unless otherwise marked.