Hike Kanarraville Slot Canyon
Utah › Kanarraville Slot Canyon
Added by Karyna Wilkerson
- 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 $10 that can be put into provided envelopes, and deposited into the mailbox (bring cash)
This canyon is located in the town of Kanarraville, north of Kolob Canyon, Utah. GPS Kanarraville, Utah, then as you drive into the downtown on Old US Hwy 91 (which becomes Main Street), look for E 100 N St and drive east three blocks until you reach the gated dirt road that heads up into the hills. Park in the lot to the left ( GPS 345 E 100 N St. Kanarraville, UT 84742)
- Cash for parking
- Shoes with grip (shoes will get wet) OR tobbies (Japanese reef walking shoes)
- Tripod (for slow shutter photos)
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Did this hike in the beginning of spring and it was beautiful! I never expected something so fun to be in this location! I wore Tevas so my feet could dry out while I wasn't in the water. Since it was spring the water was freezing so make sure to bring a pair of dry socks and shoes to change into once you're on your way back and pass the water. There's a lot of switch backs through the river and it doesn't matter which trail you follow cause they all meet up just try to stay close to the river and you'll be good. I don't mind paying for parking if it benefits the wildlife but I'm pretty sure the parking payment was run by the townspeople. So I would suggest parking lower in the town which isn't much further of a walk. If you don't care where your money goes it's 10$ and make sure to bring cash. I highly suggest this hike but be smart and check the weather if you plan to go into the slot canyon.
Beautiful hike. No crowds in the winter!
I finally got to check this hike out and immediately fell in love with it. The huge rock walls reminded me a lot of Zion's narrows. Since it was a snowy day in January we had the whole canyon to ourselves. If you go in the winter make sure to dress warm and have tall waterproof boots to keep your feet dry.
This is a very fun day hike. If you are fit, can easily do in an afternoon. When I went there were lots of families and I honestly don't know how some of those kids scrambled up those wet logs and rocks - dads must have been doing extra piggyback work. If you are willing to walk .25-.5 mile extra just park in town for free. The parking lot at the trailhead is run by the town, so don't think your money is going to BLM or any national parks.
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