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Sunset Safari Tour

Fully Guided Tour

Photography Paradise!

Incredible Views!

Single Travelers

Please do not book online if you are a single traveler unless you have consulted us first. We have a two adult passenger minimum. It works much better if you call us or send us an email to discuss your options and find out which tours are running during your date window.

We go out of our way to open the wonders of the West to EVERYONE.

We are permitted, licensed, and insured.

Dreamland Safari Tours holds Special Use Permits from the Grand Staircase Escalante National MonumentGrand Canyon National Park, the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument/Paria WildernessKanab Bureau of Land Management and Arizona Strip Bureau of Land Management.

All Day Tours are 2 adult minimum. A single passenger must pay for two seats if there is not a scheduled tour. All daytours 50% off for children 15 and under. Some Day Tours are not appropriate for small children.

Tour departure times are chosen at reservation. All daytours are booked on demand with departure options to fit your schedule. Tours do not run on each departure time or everyday. For Sunset or Sunrise at our more remote locations please consider a scheduled or custom built overnight or multi-day tour. We do not provide Sunrise or Sunset Daytours except the Sunset Safari.

All listed tour durations and pickup times are approximate. Please allow 10-20 minutes of pickup time flexibility for unforeseen circumstances and varying pickup logistics. Water and snacks are provided on all tours. A lunch meal is included on all tours of 6+ hours. Vegetarian option available.

We reserve the right to fill all empty seats. Cancellation / Reschedule / Weather policy applies.

Please familiarize yourself with our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS before contacting us.

To contact us with other specific questions or begin Making Reservations click the “Book Now” Button on each tour page or click Contact Us for info on how to give us a call or shoot us an email.

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The Sunset Safari Tour is simply the Peekaboo Slot Canyon Tour with the bonus item as Red Butte Viewpoint. This tour is timed perfectly in the late afternoon to get you to the top of the butte just in time for the sunset over the magnificent monoliths of Zion National Park on the horizon to the left and the towering white cliffs and pink sand to the right.

Price

$100.00 for adults
$50.00 for Children (15 & under)

Tour Length

3 Hours

Departure Times

3 hours before sunset

Difficulty (1-10)

1

Recommended abilities

Recommended for all ages and abilities. We time the tour 3.5 hours before sunset for the exact day you choose. Please choose the closest time online and we will manually adjust and reconfirm.
No special permit is required for this tour.

Location

Kanab, UT

Attractions

Red Knoll, Slot Canyon, Zion National Park

Special Interests

Geology, Photography, Wildlife, Flowers, Sunset
What is included on your tours?

Daytours include pickup and dropoff from local hotels, off-road transportation, natural history narration, guided hiking, photo advice, snacks, water, and lunch on tours of 6 hours or more. Our multi-day tours include all of this plus camping equipment, camp management, three excellent meals, stargazing, sunsets and sunrises for the photographer, and lots more time outside.

How soon should we book?

This depends on several factors, but our best advice is to book as soon as you finalize your plans. We do fill up, and if you have a limited window of opportunity, you may miss out. The smaller your availability window and the tighter your schedule, the earlier you need to book in order to ensure availability. The larger your group, especially if it involves more than one of our trucks (>7 passengers), the earlier you need to book.

Can it just be my group on the tour?

We reserve the right to fill the truck. There is always a possibility it will just be your group, but it is not guaranteed. Requests to make a partially filled tour private are considered on a case by case basis and are based on buying a flexible number of additional seats. Additional fees will apply. Customers booking standard fares and tours should never expect that the tour will be private. We can and will fill the seats to capacity if possible. The max is 5-8 depending on the truck and destination.

What is your weather policy? What is your cancellation/reschedule policy?

These policies are all found on our Policies Page. PLEASE NOTE: Because of the constantly changing weather, targets moving over the whole region (our trucks), unpredictability of weather forecasts, the complexities of different road surfaces in different areas, the variable nature of storms as far as coverage and volume in this area, and the fact that some of the best photography weather is often on days with a chance of rain, we do not reflexively cancel tours without solid information. However, as your safety is always paramount in situations where incontrovertible evidence leads us to believe that potentially dangerous situations are probable, we will cancel tours if necessary. We will assume tours will run until departure time. We do not cancel tours until departure time as the most relevant information is at hand. Also if we know of a particular area or time that will be a problem we will often consult with all parties on the tour as to how best to go about re-routing, postponement, or cancellation. Trying to manage this on the phone hours before the tour is nearly impossible. If a party decides to cancel prior to departure time for reasons of weather forecasts, the cancellation will be subject to the standard policy. Cancellations made by us at departure will be accompanied by a full refund if no other solution can be reached. Also the information we have at any given time is often incomplete. For example, we do not know if the Wave is covered in snow or if the route is hikeable, whether roads are impassable in a given location etc….as we do not have a webcam at these remote locations. We do try to network to get better information if we can. Sometimes incontrovertible evidence is only found once the tour has begun. Guessing, followed by reflexive cancellations, we have learned, produces more poor results for everyone involved, than the strategy we take. It is very, very complex making these decisions. We are always monitoring the weather and have many years of experience managing the logistics that are affected by weather in this area. Please trust us to act in both our best interests.

What kind of vehicles do we tour in? Do you offer ATV/Jeep Tours?

All of our tours are run in Chevrolet Suburbans or Crew Cab Silverados for comfort and safety. We do not offer ATV or Jeep Tours.

What do I need to bring on a daytour/overnight?

The biggest things you need to remember on a daytour are a small pack to carry your own water (essential especially on tours with more hiking), jacket for warmth and rain (essential), boots or high top sneakers (optional but optimal in sand), any essential medication, and camera. Other items include extra layers when cold, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, chapstick, and other typical daytime sundries. For scheduled overnights bring all the same except an extra layer or two. You do not need a change of clothes. For overnights in April or October bring a warm hat and gloves. For custom multi-day trips just add a change of clothes or two. On all tours we provide water and snacks. On daytours of more than 6 hours and multi-days more than 24 hours we provide lunch. On scheduled overnights of 24 hours we do not provide lunch so please eat before you come.

What is the weather like there at various times of year?

You can find average monthly temperatures and precipitation for Kanab HERE and also read our BLOG POST on the topic.

Do you offer sunrise or sunset tours?

Due to the remoteness of many of our tours, there is no practical way for us to offer tours with sunrise photo shoots. If you are interested in a sunrise shoot, we suggest one of our overnight tours, specially designed for photographers. Sunsets can be experienced on our Sunset Safari Tour or can sometimes be accommodated on a case by case basis by request usually during Winter or at locations near Kanab. Remote sunsets in Summer require tours not returning until midnight and remote Sunrises require departures of 3:30am, both of which are impractical.

Is tipping the guide customary?

In the United States tipping is not required, but it is the socially accepted norm. When a service has been provided to you, tipping of the immediate providing individual is customary. Tipping of tour guides is typically around 10% of the tour cost. Tips are never expected, but always greatly appreciated by our guides.

Where do you pick up/meet? Do you pickup in Page, AZ?

We pick up anywhere in Kanab for all tours. WE DO NOT PICK UP IN PAGE. Other meetups or pickup locations are possible depending on tour logistics and are determined on a case by case basis. Pickups, meetup locations, and exceptions are purely at our discretion. If you are staying in Page, and wish to avoid backtracking, and are doing a Wave, White Pocket, or South Coyote Buttes, or a variant of these tours, we often arrange to meet people at the intersection of House Rock Valley Rd and Hwy 89. For those staying in Kanab but travelling on to Page or other AZ destinations that evening, guests sometimes follow in their own cars from Kanab and park them at an appropriate place to avoid backtracking. Many people travelling through or who have just arrived opt to meet us at our location: 4350 E Mountain View Drive Kanab, UT 84741. Parking and Storage are available here.

Guest Experiences on the Sunset Safari Tour

Perfect time of year to do a desert safari. Peekaboo Slot was beautiful and serene. Andrea, our guide, went out of her way to make sure our experience was perfect. Had plenty of time to enjoy the experience and see a few new things. The 360′ view for sunset was stunning. Thanks Andrea for such a beautiful evening.

Bonfranhart – May 14, 2019
TripAdvisor

Andrea guided my family of four including two teens on the Peekaboo Slot Canyon Tour, including a stop to view the sunset. The tour was amazing and we all really enjoyed watching Andrea maneuver the truck through the deep sand like it was nothing! Loved having the beautiful slot canyon almost to ourselves. It gave our girls time to really explore the rocks and enjoy the adventure. Andrea was fantastic! Would highly recommend.

Pat Z – July 11, 2018
TripAdvisor

Val and I took this tour with Dreamland Tours. We had completed a day trip to the North Rim and this tour timing fit in just perfect for our return from the GC… just excellent. Steve Southam was our guide and is very informed about the particular geological, local, and much more information that made our trip very interesting. The offroad trails were intense, the slot canyon was well above expectations (you really don’t have to drive to Page for a good slot canyon), and the sunset location was so remote on a hill top with long range views that made the evening a big hit! Highly recommended!

ADWilliamz – October 6, 2018
TripAdvisor

We were a group of four (joined by two others) who took the Sunset Safari Tour. Bret was our guide and took us to Red/Peek-a-boo Canyon just north of Kanab. Bret was a great guide, with excellent driving skills in deep sand, patient, and a great sense of humor! This was a highlight of our trip, the slot canyon is gorgeous and with the smaller size group I was able to take my time taking photos and got some great shots. After the canyon, he drove us to the top of a hill with a panoramic view of the area for the sunset. What a serene lookout and again great photo opportunities. We felt this tour was well worth our time and highly recommend it to others. If we ever get back your way, we will be sure to set up one of your other tours!

rideshd – September 23, 2018
TripAdvisor

Dreamland provided an amazing experience! We were a group of 15+ photographers. And they were super organized and very friendly. They took us on a slot canyon tour and then to a place for sunset. Had an awesome time and would recommend to anyone.

Wander34337200623 – April 18, 2019
TripAdvisor

Single Travelers

Please do not book online if you are a single traveler unless you have consulted us first. We have a two adult passenger minimum. It works much better if you call us or send us an email to discuss your options and find out which tours are running during your date window.

Fully Guided Tour

Photography Paradise!

Incredible Views!

We go out of our way to open the wonders of the West to EVERYONE.

We are permitted, licensed, and insured.

Dreamland Safari Tours holds Special Use Permits from the Grand Staircase Escalante National MonumentGrand Canyon National Park, the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument/Paria WildernessKanab Bureau of Land Management and Arizona Strip Bureau of Land Management.

All Day Tours are 2 adult minimum. A single passenger must pay for two seats if there is not a scheduled tour. All daytours 50% off for children 15 and under. Some Day Tours are not appropriate for small children.

Tour departure times are chosen at reservation. All daytours are booked on demand with departure options to fit your schedule. Tours do not run on each departure time or everyday. For Sunset or Sunrise at our more remote locations please consider a scheduled or custom built overnight or multi-day tour. We do not provide Sunrise or Sunset Daytours except the Sunset Safari.

All listed tour durations and pickup times are approximate. Please allow 10-20 minutes of pickup time flexibility for unforeseen circumstances and varying pickup logistics. Water and snacks are provided on all tours. A lunch meal is included on all tours of 6+ hours. Vegetarian option available.

We reserve the right to fill all empty seats. Cancellation / Reschedule / Weather policy applies.

Please familiarize yourself with our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS before contacting us.

To contact us with other specific questions or begin Making Reservations click the “Book Now” Button on each tour page or click Contact Us for info on how to give us a call or shoot us an email.

See all tours at a glance with our

About Peekaboo Canyon

All of our Kanab tours include a meander through the gorgeous, red rock slot canyon known locally as Peekaboo. The ½-mile canyon is one of the easiest slots to walk through in Southern Utah. It is not to be confused with another slot canyon that is also called Peekaboo that lies off Hole-in-the-Rock-Road near Escalante and is usually explored on the same trek as Spooky Gulch.

At our Peekaboo Canyon, brilliant red Navajo sandstone walls tower about 80 feet over a narrow slot that has been carved into abstract shapes over the millennia by flowing water. The first narrow section is short, but continue walking up the wash and the slot soon narrows again and it becomes deeper and darker. Eventually hikers come to another rock jam that’s high overhead, and they turn around and exit the way they came in.

About half way through the hike, keep an eye out for Moqui steps on the left side of the slot canyon. This stairway was carved by Anasazi roughly 800-1,000 years ago. It is likely these Native Americans stored grain on the high ledges of the slot canyon, perhaps to protect their food from rats and mice that carry hantavirus.

Further into the slot canyon, you’ll see logs that are wedged in the slot high overhead – evidence of flash floods that have torn through this landscape. Warnings of flash floods in slot canyons are real. It is essential to be aware of the weather and have a good understanding of a landscape before entering a slot canyon. Peekaboo Slot Canyon is safer than many other slot canyons because it has a fairly small draining. A summit lies about 8 miles north of the slot,, meaning it takes a very local storm to flood the canyon. Some slot canyons, such as Buckskin Gulch in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Area, have a very large draining. Slots like this are particularly dangerous because you could be hiking under clear blue skies and be surprised by a deadly flash flood that originated from a storm many miles away. The Peekaboo Slot Canyon near Kanab gets deadly flash floods also but they are less frequent and the hiker would have some idea that there is a storm is in the area and it is a good day to stay out of the slot canyon.

Why is there more than one Peekaboo Canyon?

In early ranching days, “peekaboo” was a general term used for any narrow canyon because kids loved to hide among the steep, curvy walls and play peek-a-boo. The name has perpetuated for several slot canyons in Utah including this one where we do so many tours.

Hike Peekaboo, it’s easy!

Many slot canyons are not accessible by vehicle and often have mud, cold pools of water, large obstacles or pour-offs that require climbing gear. Peekaboo Canyon is dry, and the floor is mostly flat with only a couple of small obstacles that almost everyone can negotiate. Small rocks strewn about do make the footing uneven at times. We drive guests right up to the entrance of the slot canyon. From there, the tour is an easy stroll, about 1 mile or less round trip. There is one small obstacle where a rock is jammed in the slot canyon. Nearly everyone is able to climb over the 3-foot rock jam because a sturdy log creates a natural ladder that is strong and offers good footing. This is also a great tour in the summertime because you’re out of the sun most of the time, and the rocks in the slot canyon hold the cool temperature from the night before.

Getting to Peekaboo

Peekaboo Slot Canyon lies off Highway 89 about seven miles north of Kanab. This is where things get interesting. The next 3.5 miles or so traverse very deep sand along BLM route 102, which drops you to a wash about one mile downstream of the slot canyon. We drive up this wash and right to the entrance of the slot canyon. Some choose to hike the sand roads from Highway 89. The distance is roughly 4 miles each way, but hiking through that deep, loose sand makes the hike feel longer. There is limited cell service and the network of sand roads is confusing, so some hikers never actually find the slot canyon. Driving is a challenging option, too. The sand is really deep. Even with a good four-wheel drive vehicle with abundant ground clearance, good off-road tires and deflating your tires properly for sand driving some drivers still get stuck. This is not the road to practice your sand driving skills if you are inexperienced. To get a good sense of how bad the sand is, read a blog post one of our guides wrote about driving to Peekaboo. The good news about the difficult road is it thins the crowds. On most trips we see very few others here.

Photographing the canyon

Lighting changes quickly in the slot canyon and varies every few steps because more light filters into the slot where the canyon is wider. You will have to change your ISO settings often. Even in mid summer, it is fairly dark in the back of the canyon and a tripod may be necessary for longer exposures in a couple of dark sections. Most the the canyon is light enough that a tripod is not necessary and some areas are quite sunny. The best time to photograph the canyon in the summer time is in the early morning or late afternoon: Choose a tour start time of 8 or 9 a.m. or an afternoon time of 4 p.m. or try our sunset tour. In the winter months when the sun is lower in the sky, midday is best in the slot canyon. We do see some light beams in Peekaboo in the summertime. IPhones also work remarkably well for producing great slot canyon photos. They are good at compensating for the uneven lighting in the canyon. Some folks like to take some pictures in the Vivid Warm setting to bring out the reds of the Navajo sandstone. This filter can also be applied after a photo is taken. Another tip for shooting in the slot canyon is look for areas where the light is less varied. It is hard for a camera to compensate when there is a dark shadow and a bright sunny area in the same frame. Try to compose photos so that the light is more even and the exposure will be even, avoiding areas that are both very dark or overexposed in the same photograph.

A great family hike

We love experiencing the slot canyon with kids, it’s like seeing nature through fresh eyes. It’s impossible to lose kids in the slot canyon, so this trek make the parent’s job easier. And kids love climbing around on the curvy walls in the shade where it stays relatively cool, even in the summer heat.