zion's kanarra creek trail
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Zion National Park is one of America’s most ridiculously breathtaking National Parks. You can experience the epic Utah scenery on one of a handful of world-famous hikes. First, there’s Angels Landing, a 5-mile hike up Walter’s Wiggles and along a narrow ridge that offers panoramic views. There’s also The Narrows. This hike goes from the Temple of Sinawava into the Virgin River and through a gorge with thousand-foot-tall walls. And, of course, we can’t forget The Subway. This famous slot canyon is so popular, you have to enter a lottery months in advance and hope to win a permit. But, if you’re looking for something a little less intense than Angel’s Landing, a little less crowded than The Narrows, and easier to access than The Subway, then there’s always Zion’s Kanarra Creek Trail.

zion's kanarra creek trail
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Hiking Kanarra Creek Trail

This hike into Kanarra Creek Canyon is just as stunning as any of those trails. It’s simple to access, and the route can be easier or harder. It’s just outside the Kolob Canyons unit of Zion. Once you reach the trailhead, all you have to do is hop in the river and follow it. If you’re looking for a quick and easy hike, head into the narrows and stop at the first waterfall. If you’re feeling daring, climb the tree that’s been converted into a ladder up the falls and continue along the river. There’s a second waterfall, which you can climb over via a rope ladder. Continue further, and you’ll find a lush swimming hole. There’s even a mossy rock you can use as a natural waterslide!

zion's kanarra creek trail
via Flickr/Greater Southwestern Exploration Company

Tips for visiting Zion’s Kanarra Creek Trail

Since this is a hike in a river, water shoes are a must. Waterproof bags are also essential. Keep your camera and other valuables safe and dry! There’s a $10 charge to park at the base of the trail, but it’s well worth the convenience. The river might be slippery, so tread lightly, and the water might be cold. Be aware the ropes and ladders might be old or worn. Carefully test anything before you attempt a climb. It’s 2.8 miles out and back if you take the long route.

zion's kanarra creek trail
via Flickr/ Greater Southwestern Exploration Company
zion's kanarra creek trail
via Flickr/Greater Southwestern Exploration Company

Sources: AllTrails.comUtah.com

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2 COMMENTS

  1. I just hiked this wonderful trail, however Kanerra Creek is not part of Zion National Park. It is located in Kanarraville, UT near the park, but is unaffiliated. It is public land in Utah, and Kanarra Creek is the water source for the small town. The $10 parking fee is collected by the local government to cover the cost of maintenance as the creek’s trail has become more widely known.

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