Waterholes slot canyon is an excellent non-technical slot canyon located near the tourist town of Page, Arizona. While most of the more well known natural wonders in this area are often crowded in season, Waterholes is blissfully empty of visitors. This is only due to apparent lack of awareness, as Waterholes slot canyon is as good of an experience as any nearby and is easily reached – in fact, thousands of people drive over Waterholes canyon every day oblivious to the beauty lying below them. It does require a Navajo hiking pass and a bit of scrambling to navigate, but nothing any able-bodied people couldn’t do. While not quite as scenic as the famous Antelope Canyon slot, the ability to explore at your own pace without the crowds raises its worth tremendously.

The pictures below are a few from our trip there. After the pictures, you’ll find a link to my detailed description of the hike along with very important tips on how to see it yourself. I have included another link to a list of all the slot canyons I have visited, each of which has its own descriptive article and hi-res pictures.

Waterholes Slot Canyon, Page Arizona sign
Sign for Waterholes Canyon on Hwy 89
Waterholes Slot Canyon, Page Arizona trail down
Beginning of Trail Down to Waterholes Slot Canyon
Waterholes Slot Canyon, Page Arizona trail down
On Trail Down to Waterholes Canyon, You have to Scramble Under or Over this Rock
Waterholes Slot Canyon, Page Arizona trail down
The Trail Down to Waterholes Canyon
Waterholes Slot Canyon, Page Arizona
Hwy 89 Bridge is Visible to the West after Reaching the Canyon Floor

Waterholes Slot Canyon, Page Arizona

Waterholes Slot Canyon, Page Arizona

Waterholes Slot Canyon, Page Arizona

Waterholes Slot Canyon, Page Arizona

Waterholes Slot Canyon, Page Arizona
One of a Few Obstacles that Have to be Navigated

Waterholes Slot Canyon, Page Arizona

Waterholes Slot Canyon, Page Arizona

Waterholes Slot Canyon, Page Arizona

Waterholes Slot Canyon, Page Arizona

Waterholes Slot Canyon, Page Arizona

Waterholes Slot Canyon, Page Arizona
Some Scrambling is Required

Waterholes Slot Canyon, Page Arizona

Waterholes Slot Canyon, Page Arizona

Waterholes Slot Canyon, Page Arizona

Waterholes Slot Canyon, Page Arizona

Waterholes Slot Canyon, Page Arizona

Waterholes Slot Canyon, Page Arizona

Waterholes Slot Canyon, Page Arizona

Waterholes Slot Canyon, Page Arizona

Waterholes Slot Canyon, Page Arizona

Waterholes Slot Canyon, Page Arizona ladder
We Doubled Back at this Ladder

To read a detailed description of Waterholes slot canyon, plus needful tips, go here.

A list of all the slot canyons I’ve visited with helpful descriptions is here.

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