Southern Utah Must-See: Slot Canyons
Some of the most mesmerizing features of the Southwestern landscape are known as slot canyons. Unlike the Grand Canyon—which is a mile deep and ten miles across—slot canyons are narrow formations with walls that are mere feet or inches apart. These narrow openings in the Earth are formed by the wear of rushing water. Deeper than they are wide, slot canyons can have an opening as small as 3 feet, but drop as deep as 100 feet.
While the overwhelming majesty of the Grand Canyon is not to be missed, slot canyons offer a more intimate experience and passing through a slot canyon is a one-of-a-kind, up-close-and-personal encounter with nature.
Utah has the largest concentration of slot canyons in the world and they surround the Kanab area. The majority of them are found at Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument but there are a number of lesser known, yet wonderful slot canyons a short distance from Kanab. The longest slot canyon in the world, Buckskin Gulch, is located right here in Kanab. (see blog on ‘The Wave’ for more information)
Many experienced hikers say that mother of all slot canyons is The Narrows in Zion National Park. At certain points, the walls of The Narrows rise nearly 2,000 feet from the canyon floor and just 30 feet apart from each other. For the adventurous, it’s not to be missed!
These natural wonders are reason enough to plan an adventurous vacation to Southern Utah. If you want to see slot canyons for youself (and why wouldn’t you?) we hope you’ll add Quail Park Lodge to your itinerary. Our staff can connect you with a guide or tour. We’re happy to recommend the best slot canyon adventure for you.