Kanarraville Canyon Falls Hike
A stunning slot canyon with one of the most photographed waterfall and ladder scenes in Southern Utah. Wear good water shoes as you’ll continuously cross the creek on the way to this fun, non-technical slot canyon.
The majestic red rock cliffs surround you from the moment you step foot on the trailhead, and all along the dirt path towards Kanarra Canyon. When you eventually reach the slot canyon, it seems to rise out of nowhere.
Before entering the slot canyon (and throughout your hike), you’ll cross creeks with up to knee-deep water, so be sure to wear good water shoes. Summer is the best time to visit this trail, because the water is warmest.
The Kanarraville Canyon is ideal for travellers, because it is non-technical, and a great way to see a multi-hued canyon without much driving or physical exertion. However, descending and ascending the two 10-foot waterfalls does require a bit of sure-footedness. You’ll have to trust handmade wooden ladders, ropes bolted to the canyon, and other people’s slings, where you take risk into your own hands. That said, anyone with a bit of wilderness hiking experience and relatively good fitness will likely feel safe.
The Kanarraville Canyon Falls Trailhead is due east of the town of Kanarraville. From Cedar City, take 1-15 South and then exit at Kanarraville. From Kanarraville, you can either park at City Hall and walk to the trailhead (which will tack almost 1.5 miles more on to your hike), or take 100 North. This road turns into 250 North, and will lead you straight to the trailhead. The parking lot can get busy, so you may have to backtrack and park somewhere along the road. (If you decide to park at City Hall, the address is 40 S. Main St., Kanarraville, Utah 84742. If using a GPS, make sure you put in the town and zip code, or you may end up at the same address in Cedar City instead.)
Once you start hiking you can go for as long or as short a hike as you like depending on your comfort level in the canyon. This hike is great because it becomes scenic rather quickly, so you don’t have to travel to far if you don’t want. At just under two miles in, you’ll get to the first waterfall, a popular spot for photographers. A tree limb is fastened with wooden 2x4s to make a rustic, neat ladder that sits right next to the gushing falls. For photos with beautiful coloring and that glassy water look, bring a lightweight tripod, and hang out for a while.
Within another .1 mile, you’ll see a second waterfall. Here, you can climb up a rope (though no guarantee it’s still there when you visit) to get to the other side. Continue onward for about a half-mile for a swimming hole with a fun, mossy rock slide. This is a great turnaround point, but be sure to spend some time taking in the towering red canyons walls. Your total trip will come in at approximately 4.4 miles and will likely take four to five hours, depending on how often you stop for photographs, exploration, and snacks.
Fees and Coordinates
There is a $10 parking fee at the trailhead, which covers your vehicle till 10pm nightly. Since this hike is outside of Zion National Park, a permit is not required. Like all slot canyons, do not take this hike if it is raining or threatening rain due to risk of flash flooding. Dogs are not permitted on this hike.
GPS Coordinates: 37.5363, -113.165
Zion National Park Kolob Canyons
The Kolob Fingers Road Scenic Byway in the northwestern corner of Zion features dramatic desert landscapes just like the main section of the park.
St. George, Utah
Red rock mesas and lush waterways create the setting for one of Utah's fastest-growing cities. Enjoy family adventures, luxury spas, extensive shopping, championship golf and easy access to Zion National Park.