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Spring Creek Canyon

Zion + Bryce Canyon Area, Utah

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  • Starting off the hike, it's a beautiful canyon right from the start. - Spring Creek Canyon
  • Beginning the hike into Spring Creek Canyon.- Spring Creek Canyon
  • Just about to head into the first slot, which is about 1.25 miles into the hike. - Spring Creek Canyon
  • The Spring Creek Canyon walls tower above.- Spring Creek Canyon
  • A rock slide plugged up this side canyon, but it makes for a great place to eat lunch in the shade.- Spring Creek Canyon
  • Hiking farther up Spring Creek Canyon.- Spring Creek Canyon
  • A slab of sandstone with some amazing layers on display.- Spring Creek Canyon
  • Beautiful cliff formations in Spring Creek Canyon.- Spring Creek Canyon
  • The canyon tightens up as you continue.- Spring Creek Canyon
  • Spring Creek Canyon makes you feel so small. - Spring Creek Canyon
  • The lighting in the bottom of Spring Creek Canyon is incredible. - Spring Creek Canyon
  • Constricted sections require some scrambling.- Spring Creek Canyon
  • This large and open area is two-thirds of the way up Spring Creek Canyon. Note the enormous pine trees.- Spring Creek Canyon
  • This large and open area is two-thirds of the way up Spring Creek Canyon. Note the enormous pine trees.- Spring Creek Canyon
  • There are several very distinct slot canyons here. - Spring Creek Canyon
  • Spring Creek Canyon receives much less pressure from hikers than surrounding areas.- Spring Creek Canyon
  • Spring Creek Canyon.- Spring Creek Canyon
  • The Spring Creek Canyon walls tower above.- Spring Creek Canyon
  • Wear sturdy footwear for this hike.- Spring Creek Canyon
  • Spring Creek Canyon.- Spring Creek Canyon
  • An open section of Spring Creek Canyon.- Spring Creek Canyon
  • Spring Creek.- Spring Creek Canyon
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Stunning slot canyons. Very few people. Dogs allowed.
Cons: 
Can get very hot in the summer.
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Region:
Zion + Bryce Canyon Area, UT
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Highest point: 
6,249.00 ft (1,904.70 m)
Net Elevation Gain: 
640.00 ft (195.07 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall
Suitable for:
Horseback, Biking
Total Distance: 
5.00 mi (8.05 km)
Total elevation gain: 
640.00 ft (195.07 m)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,609.00 ft (1,709.62 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Spring Creek Canyon is located just off the I-15 Freeway in the town of Kanarraville, Utah. The nearby waterfall hike has become incredibly popular, but not many people seem to head to Spring Creek and its large slot canyons. While it does not have the picturesque waterfall or the super tight slots, this hike does offer some really beautiful sights with solitude. The trail starts off as a wide canyon mouth that continues on for 1.25 miles before you get to the first tight areas. The four or five distinct slot canyons never get very thin but are always breathtaking in their soaring beauty.

The sandstone ascends nearly a thousand feet into the air on both sides and makes you feel more like you are in Zion National Park than on a random BLM trail. You might feel this way for good reason because the northern section of Zion National Park known as Kolob Canyon sits just south of here. This is Kolob without the fees or the crowds, and the scenery here rivals any in the park. Plus, dogs are allowed to join you here unlike the trails in national parks. Note that it is imperative to avoid these areas if you know of any rain anywhere in the greater area. This whole area was created by floods, so you don't want to get caught in one. There are several side trails and canyons jutting off from multiple sides, so this hike can be done many times and still remain new. It also looks like a hike that can be done any time of year, but the summer can get dangerously hot when you are on the exposed parts of the trail.

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