Oct 27, 2017

Sidestep Canyon: A secret hike to another planet

One of the most remote, weird, and amazing places I've ever been to
Welcome to weird southern Utah. And hello, Sidestep Canyon!

Sidestep Canyon doesn't sound like the most amazing place in the world, but I'm going to let you in on a little secret: IT IS!

Giant colorful biscuits
 If you are looking for an all-day adventure that has no crowds (I'm fairly certain you won't see another human being), no fees (forget about that fee hike at Zion. This is WAY better anyhow!), huge weird rocks, hoodoos, slots, fossils, completely uncharted territory -- this is the place for you.

One huge hoo doo :)
Sidestep Canyon is near Big Water, UT. I've spent a lot of time on blogs, google earth, and the internet, piecing together bits of info to find a way into the canyon. That is half the fun -- so if you want to go, I'm not going to give you directions or gps. If I can find it, you can too. So after you are done looking at my pictures, start plotting >>>> You can do it!

stripes and colors and hoodoos and slot canyons OH MY

Lower sidestep canyon uniqueness :)

My fav hoodoo - very candy canes-ish

A pop of color in a very deserty wash

sandstone slot canyons -- a little scary, I gotta admit


fragile walls, beams of light

Hiking around mars

Lots of fins and 'doos

Best ever - no crowds, no fees, lots of mother nature's sculptures <3
Sidestep Canyon has so many forks and narrows and diversions to explore. You could easily spend a lifetime here, discovering new wacky things each time.

So if you didn't get a Wave permit, if you've been to White Pockets, if you just want to get out of town and be an anti-social hermit and forget about life for a while -- get on google earth and start planning your trip. Or drop me an email and I might give you some hints :)

Peace out!
  1. I tried to find this place last month..........if you can give me any tips I'd be very grateful. I have a great love and huge respect for these kinds of landscapes. Tread carefully and leave no trace etc. If you care to share, my email is c.7lamb@gmail.com

  2. Laurent Martres' PHOTOGRAPHING THE SOUTHWEST - SOUTHERN UTAH, third edition, provides explicit instructions on how to find Sidestep Canyon. You can download an eEdition from Amazon.

  3. Did you also get into the slots via BLM-road 431 from the top?
    my pics: https://backcountrypost.com/threads/guess-the-spot.11/page-140#post-62709

  4. You can stay legal and get to Sidestep by a two mile, fairly easy hike. The route is not straight forward but that’s part of the fun and adventure. Be sure you can find your way back to your car.


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