Southern Utah is known for its beautiful vista’s, amazing scenery and great hiking trails. You may have seen pictures splattered all over Pinterest of hikers trekking through the waters of the slot canyons in Zion’s National Park, landscapes of the tall, statue-like pinnacles of Bryce Canyon, or the amazing views from Angel’s Landing like this hike we did here.
Another great, but lesser-known hike, which takes you through a beautiful slot canyon in Southern Utah is the Kanarraville Falls hike, although it is quickly gaining in popularity over the past few years. The Kanarraville Falls hike is moderately easy for families with children to enjoy.
Hiking Kanarraville Falls
Kanarraville is a sleepy little town located 38 miles North of St. George, Utah and just off of Interstate 15.
To get to the trailhead, you will drive through town and go East on 100 North St. towards the mountainside. Here you will find a town parking area located at the trailhead with a parking fee of $10 per vehicle or you will find a couple of privately owned fields where the owners will let you park for a fee as well. Personally, if the town lot isn’t full I would suggest parking there in support of this little town. All proceed’s go towards the upkeep of the trail, the port-a-potties available and other services for visitors to be able to come enjoy this amazing hike.
This area of Utah is steeped in red rock cliffs jutting up from the green trees below showing off it’s beautiful scenery along the way.
The hike itself will take you up a dirt trail, eventually crisscrossing the creek bed, and finally take you directly up the creek and through the slot canyon until you reach the falls. Be sure to bring durable water shoes, sandals or running shoes that you don’t mind getting wet.
The best time to go would be on a weekday when there isn’t too much foot traffic on the trail.
Weekends, and especially holidays, get really busy making it hard to get good photos. 🙂
Soon you come upon the Kanarraville Falls. Don’t let the climb scare you, yes it is a rickety metal ladder with small rungs barely wide enough for the tip of your feet to stand on. *Note- small children won’t be able to do this climb.
While balancing this precarious ladder, you must also pull yourself up with the rope all while trying not to slip from the wet spray of the waterfall hitting you.
But, it’s really not as bad as I make it sound. As you can see, we came on a holiday and it was really busy. In fact, there were so many people waiting to go up the ladder that while waiting we were standing in about 8 inches of cold water and my toes were freezing.
Once you get up the ladder there is a second smaller waterfall that you can climb. From here you will continue up the trail another 1/2 mile, if you desire. We stopped here and decided that was far enough, as the upper part of the trail is a little more precarious and we were getting hungry.
TIPS TO TAKE AWAY:
- Wear good water shoes or sandals.
- Stay on the trail. The towns main water source runs through a pipe in the area, please do not walk on the pipe.
- Use the port-a-potties before you head up the trail. Again, we wouldn’t want to contaminate the town’s water source.
- Eat lunch before or after the hike. There aren’t any places to stop along the trail to eat, so do worry about packing food up with you.
- Children can do this hike, but you will want to help them through the sections where they have to walk through the water. The current can get a little strong in some parts, although not deep.
- Don’t try this hike on a holiday or busy weekends.
- Have Fun!
I would love to bring my family down here when the grandkids get old enough to hike, I think they would love it.
Do you have a favorite hike?
Until Next Time……Travel On!
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