Zebra was one of the last few slot canyons we had yet to explore along Hole-in-the-Rock Road, and it was one of my favorites in the area. The striped walls were like nothing I've seen before, and it was a fun challenge getting there. Don't forget your water sandals!
Elevation Change: 300 ft
Trail Type: Out and back
Miles: 5.2 round-trip
Trailhead: Google Maps
Despite being unmarked on maps and having a lack of signs, Zebra slot is one of the more popular attractions in the area. We parked in a the dirt lot on the West side of the road right after the cattle guard before heading down the trail on the East side of the road.
Although the trail is clear and easy to follow, the majority of time you are hiking completely exposed. In April the sun was already scorching, so be sure to bring a hat and plenty of water.
The trail winds through desert brush and red canyon walls before crossing Halfway Hollow and then dropping into Harris Wash. The soft sand here can make the last half mile seem a lot longer.
The entrance to the canyon was lined with backpacks, shoes, and trekking poles right before the first pool of water. We didn't have water shoes and didn't want to get our shoes wet, and the water was numbingly cold! We had to take breaks during crossings wedging ourselves up the canyon walls to get our feet out of the water haha.
The especially picturesque portion of the canyon is at the very end, and we had the entire length of it to ourselves.