The Sand Hills Trail in Kane County is a great trail to explore and familiarize yourself with the Sand Hills near Kanab. This trail takes you about 25 miles through the gorgeous landscape of Southern Utah. This trail takes you right to an incredible slot canyon. The Peekaboo canyon is a great place to check out if you’re looking to see a great slot canyon while avoiding the crowds. This OHV trail also leads you to the Hiking trailhead for Elkheart Cliffs Slot Canyon. This is another great slot canyon, if you feel like doing a bit of hiking. 

The terrain is mostly comprised of sand and rocky trails. 

This trail provides great opportunities to stop, get out, and take in the views. 

You can also find just about every amenity you need including gas, lodging, and food in the town of Kanab

 

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Would you like to see the trail in an animated 3D flyover map? If it appears to pause, that is likely a place I stopped for a while. It will continue, just wait a few moments. Link to 3D flyover.

Here is the 360 view at the trailhead. Feel free to tour around a bit inside Google Street Views. We have recorded the trail in 360 and it is now part of Google Street Views so you can take a virtual tour of the trail to see if it is for you. We’ve made it a bit easier to navigate, scroll down and you will see more 360 embedded tours as we encounter intersections, trail markers or interesting places along the trail.

On any image, you can click the ‘X’ in the upper right corner and the view will change to an overview map showing the Google Street View blue lines. You can click anywhere on that blue line and drop down to the 360 ground-level views at that point.

You can move the image 360 degrees, click the arrow to move further down the trail and zoom in and out to take a closer look. Clicking the box in the upper right-hand corner will enlarge to full screen for a better view.

There is plenty of parking and a restroom here at the Red Canyon Slot Trailhead. We head Northeast out of the parking lot. The majority of this trail is very sandy so be prepared for that. We stay to the left here. Here we are at the mouth of the slot canyons. You can park here and get out to explore the canyons. This is a dead end so you'll have to do some back tracking to continue on the trail. There are trailmarkers along the way to keep you headed in the right direction. This trail takes you up around The Sand Hills and toward Elkheart Cliffs Slot Canyon Trailhead. There is a lot of beautiful scenery along this trail. This is the trailhead for the Elkheart Slot canyon hike. It takes off down the hill just to the right of the powerline pole.

A good reminder about trail etiquette and another picture we took at the peekaboo slot canyons. 

The PDF below is an OHV map of the Kanab area trails from the Utah State Parks. It has some good information and might be worth saving as you plan for to ride this trail and other trails in the Kanab area. 

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