Who doesn’t love a Slot Canyon? Utah is full of slot canyons to explore, and our boys want to visit them all. They love when we find family friendly slot canyons where we can all adventure and squeeze through together. We are always on the lookout for great family friendly slot canyons in Utah, so please share if you know of one that we can try!
Here are the slot canyons we have hiked and found to be safe and fun for families. Click on individual hikes for more specific details to see if the slot canyons are right for you and your family.
Red Hollow is located in Orderville near Zion National Park. This slot canyon begins at the end of a dirt road. The hike is only 1.0 mile round trip and is a great place to start slot canyon adventures.
This hike is probably the most famous slot canyon for families in Utah. It can be very busy in the Spring and Fall, so arrive at the trailhead early. This hike has some beautiful winding slots that are very picturesque, and other than getting to the entrance, it is easy. It is flat and you can choose how far you go. We usually go about 5.0 miles roundtrip and our boys have never complained (at any age)! Little Wild Horse Canyon is located near Goblin Valley State Park.
We found Furniture Draw when we explored the Buckhorn Wash Road located near Price, Utah. This trail can have water in it, so be prepared to get wet depending on the time of year you visit. We didn’t see another soul on this hike, and we had fun exploring among all the different rock formations. This slot isn’t as narrow as others, but is still a great canyon for families. Furniture Draw is about 2.5 miles roundtrip and very flat.
Willis Creek Canyon is a beautiful slot canyon and it follows Willis Creek the entire way. We had so much fun jumping back and forth over the creek hundreds of times. This trail is easy and beautiful. There is a small waterfall and towering walls to walk through. Willis Creek is found near Escalante and you can turn around at anytime. We hiked about 3.0 miles roundtrip and had a wonderful time.
This slot canyon is very short, but it’s a great family-friendly trail. The Hobbit Hole trail is located in Zion National Park and it ends with a beautiful little hobbit hole arch. The tricky part is scrambling down, but little ones should be able to make it with a little help. Follow our specific directions to find this fun slot canyon in Zion that is only 1.2 miles roundtrip.
Located in Snow Canyon State Park, Jenny’s Canyon is a quick hike to a fun slot canyon. This trail is flat as it walks through the lava rocks for only 0.3 miles round trip. This slot canyon ends at a dead end, which it is a great spot for pictures. There are lots of other great family-friendly trails in Snow Canyon, so make sure to spend the day exploring here. More details on our post.
This is the longest and most difficult of the slot canyons we are sharing, but it also has the narrowest slots. It is also the most memorable hike for our family. We still laugh about squeezing through some of the tightest places, and putting the backpack through first, then Dad. This hike is long (almost 4 miles) and there are some up and downs, as well as climbing involved in the canyons. Dad boosted us all up or down a few times. It is also a place you can get lost if you are not careful (we weren’t, and we got lost), but if you take a map and are prepared this is a really awesome hike. A 4 wheel drive will help you get to this hike, or you can add an extra mile or so to the distance. Definitely read our post for all the details. Pictures cannot do justice to the narrowness and beauty of Peek-a-Boo and Spooky Slot Canyons.