Red Hollow Slot Canyon
This short, but sweet, slot canyon is easy to access and an unbelievably awesome slot canyon if you are into stemming. If you are lucky enough to visit when water is running through the narrow winding walls, it is even better.
At a Glance
Permits: Not required.
Trailhead - From Mt. Carmel Junction, drive 5-miles northeast on US-89 to the small town of Orderville. Turn right on 100 East and drive until the road "T's." Turn left and continue past the paved road and onto the dirt road. Park at the dirt parking area near the fence. Avoid the fenced area by dropping into the wash. Follow the cobblestone streambed into the hollow. Beautiful red cliffs rise to the southeast. About 300 yards ahead the canyon walls close in on both sides of the wash. Junipers and pines are the dominant trees. The wash is normally dry, but when there is water it is usually from snow melt. Be aware that like all slot canyon, this canyon can be very dangerous when it flash floods.
South Fork - At the fork (.4 miles) take the South Fork. The Zion and Bryce Falcon Guide describes a "natural arch formation overhanging the wash." We, however, could not find them. This is a short jaunt to some nice rock formations at the end. Turn around and head back to the junction, taking the main canyon this time.
Slot Section - This is a classic slot canyon where vertical walls are substantially deep and one can walk on the walls of the canyon with one shoe pressed against each side. Most of Zion's wider slot canyons require swimming in hypothermic pools, an adventure gladly replaced by stemming in Red Hollow.
Orderville History - Current Population: Under 600
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