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Sunset Safari Tour

Fully Guided Tour

Photography Paradise!

Incredible Views!

Single Travelers & Private Tours

We can always accommodate single travelers via private tours ($799).  Often times, we are also able to combine a single traveler with other scheduled parties; please give us a call at 435-644-5506 to discuss the latter option.

Private Tours are available to be booked online.

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.

Don’t see your preferred departure date or time available via online booking? Give us a call. 

For sunset or sunrise at our more remote locations, we recommend a scheduled or custom overnight or multi-day tour – and we are happy to work with you to develop an itinerary that meets your needs.

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 on non-private tours. Cancellation / Reschedule / Weather policy applies.

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

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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

Adult $100.00
Child $50.00

Private Tour Upgrade Available?

Yes

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

These FAQs are specific to this tour. If you would like to view our general FAQs CLICK HERE.

1. Which start time should I choose when booking the Sunset Safari Tour?
The Sunset Safari Tour begins three to three-and-a-half hours before sunset. I you not sure which time to choose, go ahead and book a tour and we will adjust the start time depending on the time the sun will set on your tour date.

2. What will I see on the Sunset Safari Tour?
The Sunset Safari first visits Peekaboo Slot Canyon in the soft afternoon light, then we drive to a viewpoint to watch the sunset. Normally, we choose Red Knoll, a large hill that overlooks Diana’s Throne in the white cliffs and also offers distant views of the skyline at Zion National Park and several steps of the Grand Staircase.

3. Is Peekaboo Slot Canyon an easy hike?
The walk through Peekaboo Slot Canyon is very easy. We drive you right to the entrance of the slot. From there, it is a slow, 1-mile round trip meander through a gorgeous, red rock slot canyon. The ground is fairly flat and level, but there is some sand to walk through and loose rocks to negotiate. There are two small obstacles most people can cross without difficulty: One boulder about 3 feet high, and one large log that must be stepped over or ducked under.

4. How does Peekaboo Slot Canyon compare to Antelope Canyon?
Both Peekaboo and Antelope are carved from the same Navajo Sandstone formation. Peekaboo is a bit longer than Lower Antelope Canyon. The stone is more red, but it is not carved as intricately as Antelope. Peekaboo is much less crowded, so if offers a true nature experience of quiet and solitude. Tripods are welcome. Read a more detailed comparison of Antelope and Peekaboo in our blog.

5. Is Peekaboo Canyon good for photography? May I bring my tripod?
Photographers relish the challenge of the ever changing light in Peekaboo and even amateurs with iPhones come away with stunning images. We encourage photography on our trips and our tour allows about 2 hours in the slot canyon if needed. Tripods, GoPros and gimbals are welcome. Photographers are encouraged to linger behind the group to set up their perfect shots. It’s a slot canyon, so you really can’t get lost.

6. Are drones allowed on this tour?
Yes, drones are allowed on this tour, but Peekaboo is not necessarily a good place to fly a drone. It is narrow and there may be other people in close proximity. Red Knoll could potentially be an interesting drone location, though you can see an incredible, distant view without a drone.

When operating a drone on tours, please be mindful of other guests on the tour and other hikers who may be in the area. Others seek remote locations for the solitude. Please do not fly drones close to other people and limit the amount of time the drone is in the air. Always follow instructions from your guide.

To read more FAQs that are common to all of our tours, visit our FAQs page.

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 & Private Tours

We can always accommodate single travelers via private tours ($799).  Often times, we are also able to combine a single traveler with other scheduled parties; please give us a call at 435-644-5506 to discuss the latter option.

Private Tours are available to be booked online.

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.

Don’t see your preferred departure date or time available via online booking? Give us a call. 

For sunset or sunrise at our more remote locations, we recommend a scheduled or custom overnight or multi-day tour – and we are happy to work with you to develop an itinerary that meets your needs.

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 on non-private tours. Cancellation / Reschedule / Weather policy applies.

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

Contact 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.

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