Hike Kanarraville Slot Canyon

Kanarraville Slot Canyon

This is an intermediate to advanced 3.5-mile hike. There is some scrambling involved, climbing up at least 2 waterfalls. Get up-close views of 2 waterfalls. Duration: A few hours.

This hidden gem of a hike takes you into the Kanarraville slot canyons in southern Utah. After hiking a half a mile or so from the parking lot on a fairly open trail the canyon slots up, this is where the fun begins. Here you will have to walk through the water into the slot canyon, follow the water upstream the rest of the way. After another half mile you will be treated to a one of the coolest 15-foot waterfalls you will ever see. You will have to climb up a tree trunk/ladder to the right before you reach another boulder waterfall. Scramble up the canyon to the right to keep going for more cascading falls. You can keep going as far as you like, as the canyon opens up here or turn around and follow the same route back to the parking lot.

Parking is $10 that can be put into provided envelopes, and deposited into the mailbox (bring cash)

This canyon is located in the town of Kanarraville, north of Kolob Canyon, Utah. GPS Kanarraville, Utah, then as you drive into the downtown on Old US Hwy 91 (which becomes Main Street), look for E 100 N St and drive east three blocks until you reach the gated dirt road that heads up into the hills. Park in the lot to the left ( GPS 345 E 100 N St. Kanarraville, UT 84742)

Pack List

  • Cash for parking
  • Shoes with grip (shoes will get wet) OR tobbies (Japanese reef walking shoes)
  • Camera
  • Tripod (for slow shutter photos)
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RT Distance 3.5 Miles
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back


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Beautiful views

You will be walking in water at least half the hike! A permit is now required $8. Well worth it. There are 2 ladders, the second one is very sketchy. Not recommended for people with knee injury or small children. There is a natural slide past the second ladder that goes into a small pool.

You paid $8, so get your money's worth

You're paying a rather small price for what is actually an amazing place for photography. Highly recommend going here early in the morning to beat the crowds so you don't have to awkwardly stand in the middle of the river with a tripod while people begin to stand behind you getting irritated. Take a ton of pictures, explore and get creative. Be careful on the ladders, there were multiple people we saw that day that fell off the ladder and ended up in the water. After passing the second ladder there isn't too much more, hiking eventually turns into bush-wacking.

Love it.

Great hike for the entire family.

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