Red Hollow Canyon is a very short slot canyon located in Orderville, UT. Because its only 1 mile round trip, this makes for a great stop for the drive in between SLC and Kanab to get the kids and dogs out for a stretch. The slot canyon section only lasts for about 0.2 miles but it offers some light scrambling (dogs and kids will need a boost), before ending at a tall dry fall.
This is a popular “hike” (really, more of a casual walk) in the area, so the earlier in the day the better. Even on Thanksgiving morning, one couple already beat us to it at 830am! If you hike this in Summer bring at least 1 water bottle, and make sure the dogs paws do not get burned from hot sand.
Google Maps doesn’t understand how to reach the trailhead since it’s on a dirt road, so follow these written directions.
In Orderville, UT head South on 100 E. Turn left on Red Hollow Drive, and through a neighborhood. In 0.3 miles you will see a dirt road – turn left. This is the turn to reach the TH, so turn down this, and drive to the very end. It’s about another 0.3 miles to the end.
Here is a driving map to where the dirt road begins.
Distance: 1 mile RT
Elevation gain: flat
Time: 1 hour
Dog friendly? Yes, off leash
Kid friendly? Yes, all ages
The trailhead begins down a dirt road, however 4×4 isn’t needed. Any size car can make it. When you see the gated area, turn right following a large dirt path.
Follow the fence line East.
Once you reach the wash, turn left, heading East. Now all you have to do is stay in the wash.
On Thanksgiving morning it was 35F! It was so cold, we even put the jackets on the dogs. Thankfully being in the wash you are blocked from most of the harsh winter winds.
Pass the horse tie on your left.
And just around the corner is the Red Hollow Canyon slot entrance!
Wow, very cool!
Reach the first “scramble” by hiking up the stick (or sometimes a rope is present). Dogs will need a boost here.
The dogs explore the narrow slot canyon. The boulder up ahead is the last tricky spot. The dogs needed a boost again, but it ended there for them.
Just past the last scramble the slot gets so narrow even my feet were squished! I highly recommended wearing trail gaiters to keep sand out of your shoes. I get mine from Dirty Girl Gaiters (they’re unisex and have tons of patters). The slot canyon actually ends just around the corner from this, so we didn’t bring the dogs up this section.
What a fun little slot canyon! The dogs enjoyed the rock hoping and exploring.
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