Tunnel Slot Canyon Utah

  • One mile further down Harris Wash, the next drainage on the north side is another short, unusual slot canyon - named Tunnel Slot it has a cave-like passage of 50 yards through high cliffs; the opening is 2 yards wide at stream level but only a few inches across higher up.
  • Hiking trip report, map, and photos for Zebra and Tunnel Slot Canyons, located in Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument, Utah. This is a 6.7 mile loop hike with 500 cumulative feet of elevation gain that takes about 3-5 hours to complete.
  • This canyon, located in Zion National Park, elevates the challenge of navigating slot canyons in Utah. There are two technical portions of the Orderville Canyon require rope, the longest drop is just 15 feet, which makes it a great entry point for beginner canyoneers.

Do you have the courage to enter the dragon's lair?

Mini-adventures on our leisurely hikes are always a bonus, so this little treat is the perfect addition to an afternoon in nature. The Belly Of The Dragon Cave in Utah is an awesome mini tunnel that feels like a portal to another world. You can explore this cavern to add a little excitement to your adventures.

Originally created as a runoff for the canyons above, it is now a destination worthy of treasure hunters and thrill-seekers alike.

Slot canyons are narrow gorges in soft rocks like Utah’s layered sedimentary deposits. They are named for their narrow width, often squeezing down to a sliver. It is said that Utah has the largest concentration of slot canyons in the world, and many of them are easily accessible. Discover the best.

If you dare to head into the dragon's belly, this spot is definitely a must (minus maybe all the gross stuff inside an actual dragon's stomach).

Located in Kanab, Utah, The Belly Of The Dragon is a short hike that leads to a slot canyon on the other side.

It sits beneath Highway 89 and during rainstorms, the water runoff from the upper canyons diverts into the tunnel.

Make sure to avoid this twisting cavern during rainy days, as it fills with water, making it dangerous.

During dry weather, however, it is the perfect addition to a day hike in the area.

You can wander through the slim trail, and you might want to bring along a flashlight as once you reach the middle, this giant cavernous space can get fairly dark.

The tunnel goes all the way through for about half of a mile, ending at a small waterfall (depending on the time of year), and is perfect for a little cave exploration.


To reach the tunnel, head north from Kanab for 16 miles on Highway 89. From there, it is about 1.5 miles south of Carmel Junction. Look for a dirt road on the west side of the road.

It is free to explore, and you can take as much time as you want to snap some seriously cool pictures wandering through the dragon's belly.

The gorgeous orange stone walls look like something straight out of the Sahara desert, and could even pass for the Cave of Wonders from Aladdin.

You won't want to miss this truly spectacular hidden gem, and it's such a cool little spot, you'll wish you'd known about it sooner.

Belly Of The Dragon

Price: Free

Location: Mount Carmel, UT

Why You Need To Go: This hidden cave is perfect for a little break from reality.

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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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

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.

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