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Red Hollow Slot Canyon

(Last Updated On: February 26, 2022)

Red Hollow Slot Canyon is a wonderful beginner slot canyon just outside of Zion National Park. Ever hear of Orderville? It’s a tiny town east of Zion near Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. On a recent trip to this section of the state we hiked this really cool slot canyon and it was definitely a winner with our boys.

Red Hollow Slot Canyon

Directions

The trailhead for this hike is at the city water facility at the end of a dirt road. To find the parking area, head east on UT-9 from Zion National Park to the Mt. Carmel Junction. Head north on US-89 for 4.6 miles until you’ll arrive in Orderville, UT. You will cross over the Virgin River on a small bridge and then take an immediate right onto 100 East. The streets are not marked well, so pay attention to when you cross the bridge and turn right.

Then drive 0.2 miles and turn left (east) onto Red Shadow Drive (there was no sign when we were there). Drive another 0.3 miles and continue straight onto the dirt road which is directly in front of you. The paved road heads to the right, but you want to drive on that dirt/sandy road. Follow the dirt road for about 0.4 miles until you come to the fenced in water facility. Park here and follow the narrow trail along the fence by the water facility. Then head right and down toward the trail.

We hiked down a main trail the first time we visited, but now there are horses down there. So if you’d like to see horses, go ahead and walk the wide trail down. When we visited in 2022, we followed the narrow trail by the fence and it was quick and easy to get to the wash. There is a main trail that leads down to the wash at the end of the fence, but you can take any of the trails leading down to the wash, just keep heading to the left once you’re in the wash. In fact, this hike is all about the left– just stay left!

Red Hollow Slot Canyon
You will drive over some sand on your way to Red Hollow. Do not stop or slow down in the sand if you are in a 2-wheel drive vehicle.
Red Hollow Slot Canyon
This is where you park.
The trail begins just to the right of the fenced area. Follow until you find a larger rail that heads down to the wash.

Trail Info

The bottom of the wash is fairly flat and the hike is easy, though on a hot day it is really scorching, so make sure you take plenty of water and sunscreen. Walking in the wash definitely takes more energy since you’re hiking in through the sand. You’ll stay in the wash for about a third of a mile, and there is one fairly major junction that is unmarked. Remember: Just stay left.

Red Hollow Slot Canyon
This is where you’ll start hiking in the wash toward the canyon.
Red Hollow Slot Canyon
We found a few fossils along the way, so keep your eyes open.
Red Hollow Slot Canyon
You will see the red of the Red Hollow Slot Canyon as you walk down the wash–then you know you are going the right way.
We love the beautiful colors in this area.

Shortly after this junction, you enter a slot canyon. The walls are straight up and down, though not over 50 feet high or so. The canyon is also fairly narrow as you can see in the pictures below.

Red Hollow Slot Canyon
There are a few side slots that our boys walked into and explored, but they don’t go too far.
The slot canyon gets narrow quickly.
The canyon narrows quite a bit as you get further in.
The canyon narrows quite a bit as you get further in.

There are a few tricky spots in this canyon, but there was nothing that Dad couldn’t boost, lift, or carry the boys over. One particular climb had a log lying along it to help you get a foothold. The first climbing spot is the most difficult. If you can make it past this first spot, you should be able to easily make it to the end of the canyon.

Red Hollow Slot Canyon
This was the trickiest spot and you come to it first.
Red Hollow Slot Canyon
You can see how narrow it gets by looking at our 6 year-old in the background putting his feet on one side and hands on the other.
Toward the end, the slot gets pretty narrow.

Our boys love these narrow canyons, and skipped happily ahead as we brought up the rear. The canyon isn’t long, maybe just a city block of two. And we’re not sure where it comes out, because we came to an obstacle that was above our skill level. This was a large rock wall that went up about 15 feet. Someone has hung a rope here, and Dad climbed up and looked over. It looks like the canyon just continues up and out, and not much farther, so we decided not to attempt it with our young boys. When we visited in 2022, there was no rope.

Red Hollow Slot Canyon
This is the rope at the end of the canyon. If you want, you can climb up and continue walking. We are not sure where it leads though.

For young families, this is a great first slot canyon. You will definitely need to help young kids over the obstacles in this canyon, but with a little help they should be able to enjoy this hike. We loved that it was so short since a lot of slot canyons are really long hikes. It’s 0.5 miles to Red Hollow Slot Canyon from the parking spot, and the actual canyon isn’t very long, so the hike is just a little over 1.0 mile.

This slot canyon was simple and fun for everyone. If you’re in the area, check it out! You can also check out our list of Things to do near Zion for other ideas in this area.

Red Hollow Slot Canyon
You can take some amazing pictures in this canyon!
It is very beautiful!

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6 Comments

  • Thanks for sharing these! Can’t wait to look for these places when we go in August. How risky are these for flash floods?

    • All slot canyons are risky during bad weather. If there is a chance for rain, you shouldn’t be hiking in a slot canyon. But other than that, hiking in a slot canyon is safe.

  • Thank you for this info. We followed your directions and had an incredible time! Absolutely beautiful!

  • Thank you so much for this. Your directions were spot on. We ended up taking the next two ropes to the end of the canyon. The ropes are a little different now from your picture but still intact.

    • So glad you had a great time. Maybe we’ll be brave enough for the next two ropes next trip!
      ~UAF