Kanarra Creek Trail is located just outside of Zion National Park in Utah, and it is a moderately difficult 4 mile hike which takes you through a narrow slot canyon to view Kanarraville Falls.
We were camping out in Zion when we decided to check this place out. It’s a great day hike to do if you’re in the area, and would only take you about 4 hours to finish.
If you don’t mind a slightly difficult trail which will get your legs and feet wet, then this is a must-do!
The trailhead and parking lot is located here, and a $10 parking fee is required. The first part of the trail will take you through a well-paved dirt road, and it eventually ends about a mile in. The dirt trail will then cross the creek, and from here on out you will have to walk through water. There’s a lot of switching back and forth between crossing the stream and walking on a trail, so water shoes or sandals will definitely be helpful during this hike. The water temperature may be a bit cold, especially during the early hours of the morning or during the colder seasons, so take breaks in between as needed.
After about half a mile of meandering through water, you will eventually reach the entrance of the canyon. The narrowest part of the canyon is about 2 meters wide, so it definitely felt so amazing to walk through it.
Quick Tip: Do not be too focused on your feet while doing this hike. It is very easy to miss the wonderful views around, especially inside the canyon, because you have to keep looking down to see where to step. It’s definitely advisable to be careful with each step, but I highly recommend pausing to take in the views.
Not too far from the entrance of the canyon is the 1st waterfall. It was so pretty, I definitely had to stop for photos! I used the long exposure technique for this shot, and I love how it came out with the waterfall looking very milky.
Once you’re ready to continue on, carefully make your way up the ladder, and use the rope to help pull yourself up at the top. The metal plates on the ladder are a bit slick from all the water, so be extra careful with each step.
Continue to follow the stream and you will reach the 2nd waterfall. Another picture-perfect scene!
At this point you can go a bit further and explore more of the canyon, or start heading back the same way you came.
NEED TO KNOW
Miles: 3.7-4.4 miles RT, depending on how far you go after the 2nd waterfall
Hiking Time: About 4 hours
Elevation Gain: 700
Difficulty: Moderate. A lot of wading through water and rock scrambling.
Fees: $10 parking fee