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Red Hollow Slot Canyon

Updated: Oct 27, 2022

Location : Orderville, UT

Parking : Parking lot at trailhead, no fee

Trail type : Out and Back

Trail Length : 2 miles rt

Elevation Gain : 492 ft

Difficulty : Easy

Trails traversed : Red Hollow Trail

Pro Tip : Most of the hike is on loose sand. Wear appropriate shoes.

Red Hollow Trail is a short easy trail located about an hours drive from Kanab, UT. Almost the entire trail is sandy and along the wash of the Red Hollow stream.


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Parking : Finding the trailhead is a little tricky. Follow the directions mentioned in AllTrails. Although we parked at the point where the unpaved road intersects with Red Hollow Drive, we did notice a parking lot further up on the unpaved road, about a quarter mile from Red Hollow Drive.

The Trail : Once you reach the parking lot on the unpaved road, continue straight on a trail overgrown with weeds, past a horse stable to the right, until you hit the sandy wash. Hike up on the wash for about a mile or so, towards the white Elkhart Cliffs. At the start of the trail the fine sand is white in color. As you get closer to the Red Hollow slot canyon, you will notice the sand turning pink in color. The sand is deep in many places, making the going a little slow.

Soon the white cliffs star giving way to red canyon walls and you will find yourself in the middle of a narrow slot canyon, with not more than 2-3 ft distance between the walls. The colors are vibrant here, and the canyon stays true to its name. But this slot canyon is a small one, and it ends suddenly in a 10 ft dry fall. When done exploring Red Hollow, just return down the wash the way you came in.

The evening sun enhanced the colors of the canyon walls

Did you know this way of climbing up the canyon wall is called "Chimneying" ?

In summary, this hike is a very easy one, great for families with small children and the elderly. This little known trail is not crowded, as it is only popular amongst the locals. It is a good deviation, if you are in the area to explore Bryce or Zion NP.


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