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Kanarra Creek Trail to Kanarraville Falls

Zion + Bryce Canyon Area, Utah

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Kanarra Creek Trail to Kanarraville Falls

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  • The mouth of the canyon looking north from the Kanarra Creek Trail.- Kanarra Creek Trail to Kanarraville Falls
  • Heading east into the canyon.- Kanarra Creek Trail to Kanarraville Falls
  • The first creek crossing.- Kanarra Creek Trail to Kanarraville Falls
  • The cottonwoods put on a show in the autumn along the Kanarra Creek Trail.- Kanarra Creek Trail to Kanarraville Falls
  • A vibrant cottonwood along the Kanarra Creek Trail.- Kanarra Creek Trail to Kanarraville Falls
  • At this point you begin to make crossings up river rather than across.- Kanarra Creek Trail to Kanarraville Falls
  • The Kanara Creek Trail.- Kanarra Creek Trail to Kanarraville Falls
  • Looking into the beginning of the red rock area.- Kanarra Creek Trail to Kanarraville Falls
  • Fall colors along the Kanarra Creek Trail.- Kanarra Creek Trail to Kanarraville Falls
  • The creek passes beneath impressive canyon walls.- Kanarra Creek Trail to Kanarraville Falls
  • Entering the narrow canyon on the Kanarra Creek Trail.- Kanarra Creek Trail to Kanarraville Falls
  • Enjoying the narrow canyon along the Kanarra Creek Trail.- Kanarra Creek Trail to Kanarraville Falls
  • The stunning beauty of the slot canyons attracts many visitors.- Kanarra Creek Trail to Kanarraville Falls
  • Kanarraville Falls and the iconic log ladder.- Kanarra Creek Trail to Kanarraville Falls
  • Kanarraville Falls along the Kanarra Creek Trail.- Kanarra Creek Trail to Kanarraville Falls
  • Kanarraville Falls along the Kanarra Creek Trail.- Kanarra Creek Trail to Kanarraville Falls
  • Above the first waterfall on the Kanarra Creek Trail.- Kanarra Creek Trail to Kanarraville Falls
  • The second main waterfall along the Kanarra Creek Trail.- Kanarra Creek Trail to Kanarraville Falls
  • The second main waterfall along the Kanarra Creek Trail.- Kanarra Creek Trail to Kanarraville Falls
  • Kanarra Creek creates its own seam through the sinuous rock.- Kanarra Creek Trail to Kanarraville Falls
  • Kanarra Creek emerging from a slot canyon into the golden cottonwoods.- Kanarra Creek Trail to Kanarraville Falls
  • Kanarra Creek.- Kanarra Creek Trail to Kanarraville Falls
  • Kanarra Creek.- Kanarra Creek Trail to Kanarraville Falls
  • Every few hundred feet there is a new pocket canyon.- Kanarra Creek Trail to Kanarraville Falls
  • Fall colors along the Kanarra Creek Trail.- Kanarra Creek Trail to Kanarraville Falls
  • More falls on the Kanarra Creek Trail.- Kanarra Creek Trail to Kanarraville Falls
  • More falls on the Kanarra Creek Trail.- Kanarra Creek Trail to Kanarraville Falls
  • Kanarra Creek emerging from a slot canyon into the golden cottonwoods.- Kanarra Creek Trail to Kanarraville Falls
  • Beautiful views along the Kanarra Creek Trail.- Kanarra Creek Trail to Kanarraville Falls
  • Sheer red rock cliffs hang overhead.- Kanarra Creek Trail to Kanarraville Falls
  • Sheer red rock cliffs hang overhead.- Kanarra Creek Trail to Kanarraville Falls
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Easy to access. Stunning beauty. Slot canyons.
Cons: 
Crowded.
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Region:
Zion + Bryce Canyon Area, UT
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
430.00 ft (131.06 m)
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
3.10 mi (4.99 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,539.00 ft (1,993.09 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Kanarra Creek Trail is quickly becoming a nationally famous hike because of the beautiful slot canyons and iconic small waterfalls with log ladders ascending to the top. Located just off the I-15 freeway near Cedar City and St. George, the easy-to-access canyon gets families of all sizes joining in the fun. The first quarter of the trail is really nothing special, but as you approach the red rock towers and start crossing the creek, the beauty starts to close in. The canyon walls begin to pinch and the terrain goes from rolling scrub-oak hills to cottonwood-lined sandstone cliffs. As you get closer to the first waterfall, the true slot canyons start to take shape. With the water running through at about ankle level, it makes for a magical and unique trek. Slick-rock, desert varnish, and soaring sheer overhead cliffs make this a true southern Utah adventure without having to dive deep into canyon country.

The most iconic part of the hike is the first waterfall with the log ladder heading up it. This spot can get pretty crowded with photographers and people going up and down the ladder. There is a rope for assistance, but the ladder is incredibly slick from being continually pelted with water. Be patient while waiting as well as while climbing up and down. After the first waterfall you will see some small pocket canyons with their own small falls. Further up is the second log ladder, which is not as high but a bit more sketchy. More and more wider canyons lie beyond that, with the terrain getting more difficult as you continue.

Autumn is a great time of year to make this trip. Vibrant yellow cottonwoods provide a dramatic contrast to the red cliffs and the blue skies. The water is colder in the fall, and this can get a bit tricky on slick-rock with half numbed feet, so water shoes or old tennis shoes with neoprene or wool socks is are recommend. Given all of the slippery surfaces, you will need to be careful not to twist an ankle on this hike. Some hiking poles would be a great addition for extra enjoyment and safety. This hike is doable for kids, but they will likely need assistance at multiple spots depending on how far up you go.

Dogs are allowed on the trail and there is a $10 fee for parking, so bring some cash.

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