Slot canyons are one of nature’s colorful wonders. The Grand Canyon may be popular, as well as wide and deep, but slot canyons are deep, narrow canyons and possibly more impressive. Visitors must squeeze through some of the passageways, getting up close and personal with colorful rock formations. Formed by water erosion over the ages, these are suitable only for advanced hikers, although some allow for gentle walks. Are you curious? Here we go!
10. Oneonta Gorge | Beautiful Slot Canyons Around the World
A series of four waterfalls make up scenic Oneonta Gorge, east of Portland, Oregon. There’s a 1.9-km (1.2-mile) roundtrip walk considered to be moderate, although it involves wading in cool creek waters sometimes chest-deep. Visitors can see canyon walls made up of 25-million-year-old basalt rock formations as well as a variety of vegetation unique to the area; judging by this picture, I’m getting in the mood for a walk.
9. Coloured Canyon
Coloured Canyon on Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula is considered a geologic wonderland; canyon walls reaching 20 stories into the sky and allow visitors to enjoy formations made out of sandstone, limestone, basalt and granite. The half-mile hike through this slot canyon is considered easy for the most part, though there are a couple of spots where walkers must slide down through narrow spaces or climb over boulders. Fun!
8. Gorges du Fier
About 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) from Annecy in France, the Gorges du Fier is one of the easier slot canyons to walk through, mostly due to a railed walkway that is about 30 meters (100 feet) above a river rushing below. There’s also useful info about the canyon was formed and how high water has reached in the past. If you’re afraid of heights, you better be careful.
7. Spooky Gulch | Slot Canyons Around the World
Claustrophobic may want to avoid hiking Spooky Gulch, south of Escalante, Utah. The passageways are so narrow in some places, hikers have to squeeze through sideways. It also gets dark on the canyon bottom. The canyon is wide at the entrance but only a few hundred feet into the walk, which is about a 5 km (3.2 miles) roundtrip. Those who don’t want to go back the way they came can climb the canyon walls or continue on through Peek-a-boo Gulch, another beautiful slot canyon.
6. Weano Gorge
Weano Gorge in Western Australia’s Karijini National Park seems to be an easy walk through fabulous scenery and winds through steep cliffs that translate into narrow walkways. But it’s a bit of a challenge getting to Handrail Pool, since it involves climbing up and down canyon walls. Does colorful rock formations ending with an icy cold pool sound nice? You better be prepared!
5. Buckskin Gulch
Buckskin Gulch in southern Utah is one of the world’s longest and deepest slot canyons, which is why numerous visitors come here every year. Please note that hiking it is not for the timid or inexperienced. All through the 34 km long canyon, Buckskin Gulch is rarely more than 3 meters (10 feet) wide, with walls extending upwards to 150 meters (500 feet). It is recommended to not going there during the summer, because of the danger from flash floods.
4. Echidna Chasm | Beautiful Slot Canyon
Echidna Chasm in Western Australia’s is a moderate 2 kilometer (1.2 miles) hike through a narrow canyon that is 200 meters (or 654 feet) deep. Echidna Chasm is also one of the highlights of Pumululu National Park; there are walls quite colorful, with highlights that change depending on the angle of sunshine. What are you waiting for?
3. Subway Canyon
Subway Canyon is located in Utah’s Zion National Park, and offers spectacular colorful rock formations for those who are experienced enough to tackle the challenging terrain. Navigating it means rappelling down boulders, swimming in chilly waters and wading long distances; adventurers may want to wear wetsuits for the seven- to nine-hour trek. There is no trail, and a permit is required for the trip; only 50 a day are issued.
2. Siq Canyon | Slot Canyon
Walking through the Siq slot canyon in southern Jordan is quite the experience, as it was the main entrance to the ancient city of Petra. At the end of a 1.2 kilometer (3/4-mile) hike lies Petra’s most famous ruin, the Al Khazneh or the Treasury. This canyon was formed by tectonic forces, though water later washed its sides smooth; it is less than 3 meters (10 feet) wide in some places, with canyon walls that range from 90 to 180 meters (300 to 600 feet) high.
1. Antelope Canyon
Antelope Slot Canyon, in northern Arizona, is actually two slot canyons: upper, referred to as the “crack” and lower, known as the “corkscrew.” Both are located on land owned by the Navajo tribe, which is why you’ll need tribal-approved to visit them. Watching these mesmerizing sandstone formations is a delight; besides, no climbing is required. Please be careful, as in 1997 a flash flood swept into Lower Antelope and killed 11 tourists.