A Guide To: Hiking Kanarra Creek Trail

The Kanarra Creek Trail is a 4 mile, out-and-back slot canyon hike in Utah, and it is well known for its picturesque waterfalls. The hike is rated as moderate, and involves a lot of rock scrambling and wading through water. 


Kanarra Creek is located just outside of Zion National Park, in a small town called Kanaraville. From Zion, take the I-15 N and exit 42 toward New Harmony/Kanarraville. Turn right onto UT-144/Old U.S. 91, then make a right right onto E 100 N St., and you will eventually see the parking lot for this trail on the left side. 

A Guide To: Hiking Kanarra Creek Trail
A Guide To: Hiking Kanarra Creek Trail


The trailhead is located inside the parking lot, and is very hard to miss. You will be making your way up an inclined dirt road for the first part of the hike, which will surely get your heart pumping. The trail takes you through a gorgeous valley, and after about a mile in you will begin trekking through water.

The trail switches back and forth, from walking beside the stream and crossing through the water. The trail is not very evident, but simply continue to follow the water upstream and you will eventually see the opening of the canyon. It was certainly amazing walking through Kanarra Creek's canyon because of its narrow walls!

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Continue to head up the canyon and you will eventually see the first waterfall. This one has a steel ladder which you can climb to go further, but feel free to take your time here and take photos. When climbing up the ladder, be very careful because it tends to be slippery, and I suggest going one at a time, because the ladder is much more stable that way.

The second waterfall is not too far from the first one, just continue on and you will see it. At this point you can continue upstream to explore the canyon, or head back the same way you came in.

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It will take about 4 hours to complete this hike, and I suggest starting early so you can take your time through the canyon to appreciate its beauty. 

Be aware that the water's temperature tend to be colder during the early hours of the day, especially during colder seasons. Wearing water shoes is highly recommended, since the water can go from ankle-deep, to knee-deep.

Kanarra Creek is a canyon hike, so it's always best to check the weather before you go. Any signs of a storm nearby can trigger flashfloods.


A Guide To: Hiking Kanarra Creek Trail
A Guide To: Hiking Kanarra Creek Trail

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