The Magick & Mystery of Escalante’s Slot Canyons
Yesterday we arrived in Escalante, Utah where we’ll be for the next week. This is a 3,000 square mile National Monument known as Grand Staircase-Escalante, whose back country boasts nearly 1.9 million acres of multi-colored sandstone cliffs above narrow slot canyons, beautiful washes and slickrock, as well as prehistoric village sites and more.
There are two main sections which are Escalante Canyon and the Grand Staircase.
In the first you’ll discover waterfalls, arches, river oases, sculpted slickrock, and slot canyons like Peek-A-Boo, Spooky, and Brimstone Slot, which we explored yesterday.
The second is more remote and less traveled, but more extensive networks of slot canyons.
It’s very different from Bryce and Zion, which we’ve explored already. For instance, we did all of the hikes in Bryce, but here will only touch in on a small portion, due to the vast land to explore.
That’s fine with us, as we’ll let our intuition guide us as to where we need to be at any given time.
A lot of the roads are also gravel, dirt, and very bumpy…so you drive miles in the back c ountry and need to watch out for mile markers. A map and getting info at the visitor’s center will help out with choosing the hikes you want to do and how to get to them, as well as navigate them, as things here are virtually unmarked except by trailheads and cairns that have been left by hikers.
Our first destination took us to Dry Fork, which is where the trailhead to Dry Fork Canyon, Peek-A-Boo, Spooky, and Brimstone Slot all are.
It was a 26+ mile drive along the very bumpy gravel road and then 2 more miles on dirt, rock, and deep bumped road.
It’s a beautiful ride though and all along you’ll see vistas that include grazing cattle all around.
We were excited to explore the slot canyons, having seen images of them, and they did not disappoint.
When we first arrived there were maybe two dozen cars in the lot at the trailhead, but luckily for us it seemed everyone had arrived early and was leaving…or partying I should say, as quite a few were having beers at their cars.
I found that an odd energy, but was delighted it remained in the parking area, and that we found there to be very few people down below. Again, perhaps our later arrival proved timely.
And by the time we had explored a little, we were virtually the last ones in the area, other than one small group we passed along the way.
The hike down to Dry Fork Canyon is a steep incline, but I found some cool spirals in the rock that I think most people miss since they aren’t very clear.
I also found this that looked like a variation of the Third Eye symbol.
And when you arrive below you have four options of exploration….Dry Fork Canyon can be explored for miles, but then half a mile down you will see the opening to Peek-A-Boo Slot, then another half mile down is the trail leading to Spooky Slot, and then another two miles down will get you to Brimstone.
But you need to keep your eyes open to the paths.
We first explored Dry Fork for a bit and then turned back to see the rest.
Peek-A-Boo had a few people, including a photographer trying to get down the climb with equipment, so we bypassed it to Spooky instead, so as not to be congested.
And Spooky was very cool…with areas as you get deeper that are literally so narrow you can only squeeze your body through, brushing up against both sides of the rock walls.
Not for the majorly claustrophobic indeed. I even felt a little bit of it and was happy no one else was in the slot canyon with us, as the walls were definitely closing in. 😉
Here is a video I shot of a small portion of the inside journey, as we made our way back to the entrance.
It was even more narrow than here, as you get in deeper, but you can see how tight it is, as I walk and squeeze through, holding my hip sack in one hand, as there’s no room for it on your body, and my cell phone in the other videoing it.
It is darker inside and areas where branches come down from the ceiling like giant spiders.
I even found a perfect Gargoyle head carved in the stone!
I also discovered a cute little fuzzy caterpillar inside, which was cool energy to see inside what was like Mother Earth’s womb.
There are some challenging areas to climb up if you decide to go the whole length and we learned that you can go from Spooky to Peek-A-Boo and vice versa, via the inner chamber of the slot canyon rather than returning and then hiking the same way back.
We then made our way to Brimstone, but decided to only do partial of it due to timing and not feeling called to that area as much as the others.
Yet, along the way I was discovering a lot of cool stones – crystalline, beautiful colored sandstone including baby blue, coral-looking stones glistening with sparkle, and even a stone with fossilized shell. Very cool!
So we made our way back to the Peek-A-Boo Slot entrance and as I said, by this time there was no one around at all and the one small group we passed and gave directions to Spooky too, was well out of our range.
Up we went into Peek-A-Boo, but despite my having embraced the challenge of Angels Landing in Zion, I hit a point where I surrendered to and honored my knowing that that was as far as I wanted to go in climbing some of the quite challenging parts of this slot canyon.
So I told Dave to go ahead and bring back photos, as I discovered, once I was grounded back at the entrance, why I had been called to remain.
It appeared that I was to do some sound healing, as immediately upon return the inspiration bubbled up and out.
I took a video, which I’ll share for anyone interested in what the energy here brought up.
There was apparently the need for some sound healing and it felt supportive to Dave’s exploration inside. When I saw these two photos he took of himself, I was like wow! This first with so many violet energies around him and the second with a heart carved into the rock above his head…and he didn’t even know it until we looked at the photos later together – all happening while I was sound channeling out front.
It was very cool, as I was alone out in the middle of virtually no where in the mysterious void of this energetic space I was in.
Literally two minutes after I felt complete in the channeling, Dave showed up from his exploring the full slot canyon of Peek-A-Boo.
We then made our way back up to our car and back home to our RV.
Along the way Jack Rabbit showed up, running across the road and then stopping to connect with me. I found that synchronous, as it looked exactly like the one I had just painted two days ago.
And then the Cattle seemed to be enjoying sunset strolls across the road, so we had to stop several times to allow for their safe passage.
This gave us time to connect with these sweet creatures and their adorable babies that listened to our voices when we talked to them.
All the young ones seem to get excited when I give them my playful voice, just like the Mule Deer that did a little leap when I told them how cute they were.
Once again we were feeling a warm greeting by the energies and know that our journey is just beginning as to what we will encounter and energetically give and receive from over our time here.