A Guide to Hiking Kanarra Creek Canyon in Utah

11/19/2016

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!

kanaraville hiking trailhiking kanarra creek trailThe 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.

kanarraville canyon hikeQuick 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.

zion national park hikeNot 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.

kanarraville fallsOnce 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!

slot canyon kanarra falls utah waterfallsAt 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

Other Notes:
Kanarra Creek Trail is a slot canyon, so be sure to check the weather beforehand for any flash flood warnings. Do not do this hike if there is a storm nearby, this could easily trigger flash floods.

Some more hikes you can check out in Zion are Angels LandingThe Narrows, and The Subway. These are the most popular hikes out there, and are certainly my top faves! Do you have a favorite hike near or inside Zion National Park? 

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26 Comments
    1. We do a lot of hikes here in Hawaii, but this is breath taking. Very different scenery…obviously lol! Thanks for sharing!

      1. I’ve only been to hawaii once, and I had so much fun hiking! I really must go back and visit soon. Love the tropical vibe out there!

    1. I absolutely love the photos you took. What an amazing trip. I live in Phoenix so may have to make a trip out there to hike that!

      1. Thank you so much, Pamela! This has become one of my favorite hikes out here, and I’m sure you’ll have a blast out here, too!

    1. This is so beautiful, I love waterfalls and would love to check this place out.

      1. Yes, I hope you get to go soon, Agnes!! It’s a short trail, and you get rewarded with two beautiful waterfalls. Super worth it!

    1. Breathtaking!! Truly glorious seeing mother nature in such a beautiful way. I’m living vicariously through your post here!

      1. That makes me very happy to hear 🙂 But it is still very different in person, so I hope you’ll get to visit someday too, Kim!

    1. That canyon is amazing. But I’m def not ready for a 4 hr hike. Def need some prep work before that.

    1. Wow these photos are so stunning. I love the ladder made out of natural wood! New bucket list location thank you 🙂

    1. Oh wow, the photography reminds me of a mix of Petra rocks and the Taroko Gorge of Taiwan. I also like how you put the information at the end of the post, about the costs, and how to get there. Are you never afraid that people might use your photos without your permission considering you don’t use watermarks on them? Just wondering. Jan.

    1. Wow, what a beautiful place to hike. I am considering visiting after seeing all of your beautiful photos. Are their any places similar that would be a bit more child friendly?

    1. This looks so fun! I like to hike and would live to explore here. Its always nice to see what great places are here in the US! I have seen so many great places from Utah and Washington state.

    1. I really need to get in shape! These hiking trails look amazing all over the world and I would huffing and puffing the whole way. This one you say is 4 hours – wow. It looks incredibly worth and the views spectacular.

    1. Wow! Your photographs are amazing!! I would LOVE to travel to Utah to visit the canyon and park. I like the waterfall with the ladder leading to the inside. It looks so peaceful!

    1. WOW you took amazing photos and the scenery is gorgeous. I would definitely do a hike if I got to see such beautiful sights like this!

    1. I really love the scenery — your photos are amazing! The long exposure you used was really apt for capturing moving water.

      Thanks for sharing about the Kanarra Creek Trail. If we’re ever in Zion National Park in Utah, I will now know what to expect!

    1. Utah is full of breathtaking natural wonders! I would love to take this hike one day soon!

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