Red Hollow Slot Canyon Hike In Orderville, Utah
The Red Hollow Slot Canyon is a short and easy hike in Orderville, Utah, not too far from the popular Zion and Bryce national parks.
It’s a very photogenic hike, with nice red rock colors and steep canyon walls. As a bonus, Red Hollow Canyon is easy to reach and great for kids.
This guide will explain how to get to the Red Hollow Slot Canyon trail head, and everything else you need to know before you go!
- Distance: 1.4 miles (2.3 km) round trip
- Elevation Gain: 150 feet (45 m)
- Duration: 1 – 1.5 hours round trip
- Difficulty: Easy
Red Hollow Slot Canyon: What To Expect
The first part of this hike involves walking in the sandy wash, which is down the hill on your right as you come into the car parking. You’ll walk past a horse pen on the way down to the wash.
The wash is exposed with very little shade, so it’s actually the most strenuous part of the hike. Even so, it’s still pretty easy.
Stay in the wash and follow it toward the orange and white mountains until you reach the slot canyon entrance.
After you’ve hiked about 0.5 miles from the start of the trail, you’ll reach the entrance to the Red Hollow Slot Canyon.
The temperature cools off dramatically as you go inside, and the scenery changes to amazing passageways with steep red rock walls!
Your first obstacles in the slot are some occasional boulders to climb and such, but they’re pretty minor, and won’t be any issue for families to pass.
The next obstacle is a very tight slot that’s great for chimneying or stemming, where you place your back against one wall and then push your feet on the other wall to cross the gap. This type of maneuver was new to us, but we had a lot of fun learning how to do it.
Right after passing the chimney slot, you’ll run into a dead end with a rope dangling from a boulder. People with kids will have to turn around here, because the rope is very high (I had to jump just to grab it), and it’s a sketchy climb even for adults.
The slot continues after this obstacle, but there’s not a whole lot more to see, so it’s not worth an injury if you don’t feel comfortable or you’re alone.
Some people may be disappointed by how short Red Hollow Canyon is, but we really enjoyed it!
Red Hollow Trailhead Location
The Red Hollow Slot Canyon trailhead is located right outside of Orderville, Utah, which is near the Zion and Bryce areas in southern Utah.
The trail starts in a residential area, so it can be a little confusing at first. You’ll know you’re at the trail parking when you see a water tank with a fence around it.
GPS coordinates: 37.27088951513588, -112.62725758820253
You can also use the Google map below to navigate you directly to the parking area, which is a 1 hour drive from either Zion or Bryce (and even less if you’re starting from east Zion).
The road to the trailhead is in good condition, and any vehicle can reach it.
The last 500 yards is on a flat gravel road, but you don’t need high clearance or 4WD to pass.
Slot Canyon Safety Tips
Flash Floods. Always be aware of the weather forecast. Do not enter any slot canyon if rain is in the forecast, even if it's outside of your immediate area. Flash flooding can be very dangerous in a slot canyon.
Sunscreen. Even though it's a slot canyon hike, there are still plenty of parts on the trail where you'll be exposed to direct sun, so you might want sunscreen. A hat helps too.
Water. Try to pack at least 3 liters per person. In Utah, you should always bring more water than you think you need.
Map. It's a good idea to download an offline map of your hiking area on an app like Google Maps, that way you can keep using it to navigate or find your position even when you're out of reception. Getting lost in the desert can be dangerous.