Slot Canyons/Northern AZ/Southern UT

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Re: Slot Canyons/Northern AZ/Southern UT

Postby steelfrog » Wed Mar 28, 2012 12:16 pm

This is awesome guys, thanks a bunch! Gives me a lot of stuff to research (which is half the fun!).
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Re: Slot Canyons/Northern AZ/Southern UT

Postby MUni Rider » Thu Mar 29, 2012 3:05 am

If you are going to be near Page, AZ, check out lower Antelope. You pay a few bucks but it is worth it. It's a nice easy hike for the kids. We only saw a handfull of people teh day we were there. It's not as popularized as Upper Antelope but a must see if you are in the area.

Upper Antelope is awsome, but zero hiking because you must pay the Navajo to drive you there in the back of a truck for a small price. Worth it. There will be crowds. You have to have patience trying to get photos that are not filled with a bunch of strangers. This is a great site for information for many of the more well known slots acrossed Southern Utah.

You really should check out one or more of the kelsey guide books for the area.
If you are passing through Hanksville in Utah, they sell all of them at the Hollow Mountain store cut into the rock. Pick your poison. I recommend "Non-Technical Canyon Hiking Guide to the Colorado Plateau, 6th Ed. (2011)" as a cover all, but you can get one of the others that specializes in what ever area you decide to spend more time in. You will get far more information than you need for a one day slot hike, but it will set you up for future vactaion ideas.

Hope this post was useful. I admit to only glossing over the other responses, so if any of this was previously stated, sorry for the repeat.

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Re: Slot Canyons/Northern AZ/Southern UT

Postby elhombre » Thu Mar 29, 2012 7:38 am

Brother Steelfrog, my family had a great time on Cathedral Wash. It is right beside the Navajo Bridge as you come out of the Grand Canyon area. It isn't a tight slot like the ones in the San Rafael Swell, but it is still quite nice and dramatic with some basic climbing. No ropes needed. If you are tired and looking for a nice, shorter hike down to the river, this one will treat you right. It also should not require a bunch of driving to get you heading back towards Phoenix. I would also recommend the Kelsey book. The guy is a mad man when it comes to estimated hiking times, but it is a great source of info. God's speed on your Grand Canyon Run.
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Re: Slot Canyons/Northern AZ/Southern UT

Postby Westerngal » Thu Mar 29, 2012 2:43 pm

I like Bull Valley Gorge in Grand Staircase. +1 on Little Wild Horse.

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