Zebra and Tunnel Slot


Hiking Zebra and Tunnel Slot - Escalante Hiking Zebra and Tunnel Slot


TICKS & TODOS: 26 Todo Lists / 14 Ticks
RATING: Easy Hiking
LENGTH: 3-5 hours
GEAR: Standard Hiking Gear
MAPS: Tenmile Flat, UT
WATER: None.
SEASON: Any, although summers can be hot.

Zebra and Tunnel Slot are both unique and distinct spots. Often photographed, Zebra lives up to its name with amazing pink stripes. Tunnel Slot, as the name implies, is a short section of slot resembling a tunnel.

Bring your camera and the kids, this is a great family outing. The hike is reasonably short, with straightforward navigation. Though it can be brutally hot in the summer, it is still do-able with an early morning start or visiting in the evening. My preference is to visit in the fall or winter.

Getting There

Wed Hi:60 Lo:40 Thu Hi:47 Lo:34 Fri Hi:44 Lo:23 Sat Hi:49 Lo:24 Sun Hi:50 Lo:30
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Head east out of the town of Escalante about 5 miles on highway 12 until the well signed Hole in the Rock road.

  • Turn onto the Hole In The Rock Road and reset your odometer. ( 12S 453596mE 4175370mN / N37° 43' 28" W111° 31' 36")
  • Go 8 miles to just after a cattle guard. The trailhead on the south side of the road. This is 0.2 miles before Halfway Hollow. ( 12S 460697mE 4165897mN / N37° 38' 22" W111° 26' 44")


From the trailhead, cross the road and find a well-traveled hikers path on the north side of the road near the cattle guard. Follow this north while it meanders its way down to Halfway Hollow. The trail is well defined and well cairned. It will take 40-50 minutes to reach the bottom of Halfway Hollow. Near the bottom, the trail cuts left over low meanders and heads directly for Zebra. Follow it, crossing Harris Wash, and heading for the first obvious side canyon.

Zebra is wide open where it joins Harris Wash, but becomes deeper and narrower within 10 minutes of heading up it. Where it narrows, you may encounter a few pools from ankle to waist deep. 15 minutes up the canyon you will enter the short, but amazing Zebra section that ends at a small dryfall you can upclimb. This is the best section of Zebra. Above the small dryfall is a large pothole and the canyon opens. Head back down to Harris Wash when finished.

To reach Tunnel Slot, go down Harris Wash a little less than a mile (20-30 minutes) from Zebra to the first side canyon coming in on the left. Go up this side canyon about 10 minutes to reach the Tunnel. It can be dry, or a deep pool.

Return up Harris Wash to Halfway Hollow and follow the trail back to the trailhead.


12S 460697mE 4165897mN

N37° 38' 22" W111° 26' 44"


12S 463205mE 4168361mN

N37° 39' 42" W111° 25' 02"


12S 464146mE 4167647mN

N37° 39' 19" W111° 24' 23"




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  1. by: chillman 2009-04-28 02:35:50.0
    Went with the family in April. Both were dry. The kids liked Zebra, but throught it was a little short. Everyone was disappointed in Tunnel; extremely short and no obstacles.
  2. by: utah0rbust 2012-09-17 08:07:27.0
    I totally disagree with the above comment. We went today and it was AMAZING!!! Zebra did have waist deep water almost the entire route until you get to the cool zebra stripe part. We were not anticipating this! But, it made it more fun. Tunnel was really cool -- yes, it was short, but lots of moqui balls made up for it :) And, still, it was pretty and very easy. I would HIGHLY recommend both trips! PS love your blog.
  3. by: BigfootsBeard 2013-05-28 23:30:50.0
    Amazing Canyon! Took my 5 year old and my 3 year old. The hike to and from the canyon was a little long for that young of kids, but they enjoyed the canyon. If taking young kids plan on a little extra time and take plenty of snacks.
  4. by: tep 2015-07-20 04:56:18.0
    I am going to be in the Bryce Canyon area this upcoming week and planning on doing Willis Creek and Zebra Slot. I am traveling alone. I am 50yrs old in good physical shape. I am not worried about Willis Canyon, but a little unsure about Zebra in terms of directions from the parking area to the actual slot. I am usually totally over prepared with information, but the first section from the parking up the wash to the canyon seems like you should have a gps (which I don't) or you could get lost rather easily….is this true or is it pretty straight forward. to me it seems like you park at the cattle guard/fence and follow the wash, is there more to it than that? any and all info/insight is greatly appreciated, -tep
  5. by: ryancornia 2015-07-20 19:28:20.0
    The trail is quite well used, I don't think you will have any difficulty without a GPS as long as you have basic map reading skills. The wash (Halfway Hollow) from the cattle guard is well defined as is the junction with Harris Wash. Simply walk DOWN Halfway Hollow (the wash you park at) to Harris Wash. Be wary of the heat, however, and take plenty of water.
  6. by: tthueson921 2015-07-20 19:45:10.0
    Been there 3 times, first time Zebra was completely dry, last two times it was full of water (I have heard it usually is; and with recent wet weather in the area, will most likely be full when you go in the next week). This video from fall 2014 with the wife and two kids (11 & 13). https://youtu.be/cGqziw4PM64 Mark 0:26 to 9:33 was our time doing Zebra. The parking/TH is not marked, but it is just past a cattleguard, parking on right (west) side of HITR, cross the road to east and the trail is well established - careful to avoid the crypto soil as it is abundant until the trail enters the bottom of the deeper wash.
  7. by: ryancornia 2015-07-20 19:49:32.0
    Great video! Really captures the beauty and fun of the place.
  8. by: tep 2015-07-21 04:41:41.0
    so here is my dilemma, I am flying into LAS early Wed and making my way up to the Bryce area. I believe I will only have time for one of these canyons. Would you recommend one over the other? and why? Also, would you have a contact or area field office that I could stop by or call and check on the conditions. Not really wanting to wade through deep water at this time. Sorry not trying to be whinny, just not wanting to waste time driving to Zebra, when it might be too deep and then not be able to do Willis. as always any and all insight/advice/information is greatly appreciated. thanks, -tep
  9. by: ryancornia 2015-07-21 15:38:43.0
    Willis is a MUCH closer drive wise, though not as scenic. Zebra will be full of water. I'd do Willis and maybe checkout Bull Valley since it is right down the road from Willis. Alternatively, if you haven't done Kanarra Creek ( http://www.roadtripryan.com/go/t/utah/zion/kanarra-creek ), it might be better as it is closer and in my opinion prettier than Willis or Zebra with more bang for your time. Willis and Zebra are both pretty, but short.
  10. by: utah0rbust 2015-07-21 16:17:22.0
    Another good one out in escalante (nearby Zebra) is Peekaboo and Spooky. They are awesome slot canyons (just check weather for rain). They really are awesome and not hard to find. My kids love going there.
  11. by: tthueson921 2015-07-21 17:39:07.0
    agree with ryancornia on Willis and Bull Valley from Bryce Area would be my recommendation based on your time and preference, tep. time permitting, a stop in Kodachrome State Park is right there as well
  12. by: tep 2015-07-27 00:23:59.0
    just got back the other day. ended up only doing willis, but had an absolutely wonderful time!! Stopped in at the BLM office in Cannonville on the way out, and was informed both Bull Valley and Zebra were both full of water. Took my time in Willis and took quite a number of photos. Thank you all for the advice and insight. I will be back to try out some of the other Escalante slots…..and will probably stop back here to get some info. Thank you again for all the help. -tep
  13. by: Wisconnyjohnny 2016-11-15 14:02:09.0
    fun fun fun https://youtu.be/XcYnzKLuXGo
  14. by: jdwalters 2017-02-02 15:04:45.0
    I'm going to be in the area in May and would like to visit Zebra canyon. It sounds like there is fairly deep water more often than not. If I were to encounter a lot of water, do you think it would be possible to go around the canyon and enter it from the other side?
  15. by: ryancornia 2017-02-02 19:25:47.0
    You can't go around without technical gear, as coming down canyon will require a rappel as I recall. I've been in there a handful of times and never found more than about knee deep water. By May it should be plenty warm to wade (hopefully not swim) through. :) Have a great trip, it is an amazing place to visit.

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