OK, you gotta do this – at least once!
I hiked through my first slot canyon in 2003 and became enamored by them.
A slot canyon is a narrow canyon, formed by the wear of water rushing through rock.
A slot canyon is significantly deeper than it is wide. Some slot canyons can measure only a foot to three feet across at the top but drop more than one hundred feet to the floor of the canyon.
As the vacation planner, I look for places we haven’t been. Through my research, I saw several fascinating pictures from slot canyons.
After much deliberation, I settled on Little Wild Horse Canyon, north of Hanksville, Utah.
Why should you do this?
· Fairly easy hike
· New experience
· Amazing formations due to water’s action kiss 918
· Countless photo opportunities
· Bragging rights (“Look what I did!”)
· The therapeutic value of spending time in Nature
Even if you’re not a regular hiker, Little Wild Horse Canyon has just a slight elevation change, so most people would be able to enjoy this wonderful piece of Creation.
The only problem you might have is if you’re claustrophobic. At it’s slimmest, Little Wild Horse narrows down to about 18 inches. Several lengths of it are only two-three feet wide.
The hike starts out innocuous enough, typical high desert vegetation and landscape. What makes the first part of the trail exciting is the fact that you’re outside, away from the hectic schedules that consume most people’s lives these days. Also, you’re anticipating the joy you’re about to experience.
Don’t rush through the first part even though you’re not in the slot canyon yet. It’s likely that you’ll see ground squirrels scampering about. They’re little beggars for sure and they’re so darn cute, but please refrain from feeding them. Feeding wildlife may be fun for the moment, but if it happens enough, it conditions them to depend on people for handouts as they quit their normal foraging habits. Human-fed animals usually have half the life span of non-fed animals.