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Hiking Mary Jane Slot Canyon, Moab

Mary Jane Slot Canyon is one of Moab’s hidden gems – the “trail” is a creek the entire way, which leads to a 30 ft waterfall. This is a great trail to do when Moab is too hot, and you, the dogs, or kids need to cool off. The canyon walls get higher as you hike further into the canyon, and eventually will reach upwards of 100 ft! There are several side canyons that allow for exploring tighter slot canyons.

One warning for Mary Jane Slot Canyon is that, like with any other slot canyon, you do NOT want to hike this during or right after a rainstorm due to the possibility of a flash flood. You’ll want to wear water shoes for this hike – 90% of the “trail” is hiking through the creek.

Use this map if you are driving from Moab.

Use this map if you are driving from Fruita, CO.

Distance: 9 miles RT

Elevation gain: 540 ft

Time: 4-6 hours

Dog friendly? Yes, off leash

Kid friendly? Yes, but it may be too long for younger kids

Fees/Permits? None

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 The drive in. As soon as you turn onto the dirt road you should see a sign “Ranch Road – Dead End” but keep driving and follow the directions. You can see the LaSals peaking out from behind the mesas, and you should be able to see the famous “Priest & Nuns” rock formation to the SW.

We had a Tacoma, but small cars can make it. Our friend was in a Camry and made it just fine, but slowly.

Hiking Mary Jane Slot Canyon, Moab

 The trail starts in the SE corner of the parking lot – do NOT follow the trail head sign for Professor/Sylvester Creek. That is another nice trail, but has no shade nor water. It leads to a pass along a mesa. I hiked that one about 5 years ago, so I don’t have a blog post for that trail.

Make sure you drop down the little gully (by the no camping sign), then up and over to the other side, following the dirt path. You should see the creek within 5 minutes, and be hiking in a generally SE direction.

Hiking Mary Jane Slot Canyon, Moab

 The entire time the trail will go in and out of the creek. So you could start hiking right away in the creek, or just follow the dry trail for another few hundred feet, and eventually it will force you to hike in the creek. Both ways work and meet up.  It was only 70F in Moab, but the dogs were already hot. This is a great trail to do year-round since the creek always flows and cools you off.

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 We followed the dry trail for about 10 minutes.

Hiking Mary Jane Slot Canyon, Moab

 The first mile of the trail is very open, and you can see all of the surrounding mesas and buttes. About 1/2 mile in, make sure you turn left, following the creek.

Hiking Mary Jane Slot Canyon, Moab
You’ll definitely want to wear water/hiking shoes. There are a lot of pebbles and rocks in the creek, so it’s better if you have fully closed water shoes like these so you don’t have to stop to get the rocks out of your shoes.

Hiking Mary Jane Slot Canyon, Moab

Spring in the desert is so pretty!

Hiking Mary Jane Slot Canyon, Moab

 As you continue further up the canyon the walls will get higher and higher.

Hiking Mary Jane Slot Canyon, Moab

 Boulders in the creek.

Hiking Mary Jane Slot Canyon, Moab

 The creek was never more than calf deep.

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 Puppy kisses!

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 We decided to explore a little side canyon, and it was so cool! The colors were amazing.

Hiking Mary Jane Slot Canyon, MoabSo happy exploring this canyon for my 4th time!Hiking Mary Jane Slot Canyon, Moab

 Finally, we reached the Mary Jane slot canyon waterfall! It takes most hikers about 2.5 hours to reach the waterfall. This waterfall is a double-tongued waterfall halted by a chockstone, about 30 feet high.

Hiking Mary Jane Slot Canyon, Moab

One last look before we turn around! Will you be brave enough to stand under the falls?!

Hiking Mary Jane Slot Canyon, MoabEven though it was only 72F, it felt sooo hot! Having a sun hoodie helps with preventing sunburn.

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Victory! Charlie is pooped.
 

Mary Jane Slot Canyon trail map

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