About Slot Canyons
Slot Canyons in this region have been carved deep into the sedimentary layers of the areas topography. These constricted passages are created by high mountain snow-melt and by rain storms that are less frequent in this arid region. Water does not absorb well into the arid terrain and when rain hits the ground, gravity pulls it from the surrounding terraces or plateaus and sends torrents of water raging into these narrow canyons. Water levels can reach over 60 feet high in these “slots” and the erosion process is consequently very dramatic. These flash-floods are an infrequent occurrence but it always wise to venture into slot canyon only on a good-weather day, something that there is no shortage of in this region.Entering a slot canyon is an ethereal experience and one that will leave a lasting impression of the dramatic capabilities of nature. The naturally convoluted passageways within a slot canyon offer varying hues of color at every bend and every etched seam in the rocks. The sandstone rock in these formations is naturally soft and easy to be carved by the water, tumbling rocks, wood and other debris that pass through during a flash-flood. The results are a mystical work of art waiting to be captured by the human eye or anxious photographer.The North Creek Shelter, located at the property now hosting Slot Canyons Inn at Escalante, is home to ancient artifacts from people who lived in southern Utah 11,000 years ago. Read More About This Historic Site.
The depth of these slender chasms can range over several hundred feet– while most of the more narrow sections of slot canyons do not range higher than 100 feet before they begin to widen dramatically. Rappelling is one option for entering a slot or you can find an established entry point. It is, of course, important to have identified your exit points or you may find yourself inside with no short option for getting out.