Close to Campus: Kanarraville Falls

The Kanarra Creek trail, commonly referred to as Kanarraville Falls, is a slot canyon east of Kanarraville, Utah, and leads to two beautiful waterfalls.

The Kanarra trail is a moderate hike, almost five miles long round trip. An average hike takes approximately three hours to accomplish. The path is safe for children, but they might need to be carried in some areas.

The trail has stretches of dirt paths but crosses through Kanarra Creek several times. The last half of the hike requires walking upstream through 5-10 inches of water to see the waterfalls. Hikers cannot complete the trail without getting wet, so it’s important to come prepared with water shoes.

The peak time to visit Kanarraville Falls is during the summer. The trail has areas of sun exposure but is shaded by trees and towering rock walls within the canyon. Water flows year-round and will be cold during the spring and fall seasons.

At the first waterfall, a tree with nailed boards for handholds and footing is propped up to allow hikers to ascend the falls without technical climbing gear. Climbing the trunk is relatively easy but can be wet and slippery.

The second waterfall is a few yards deeper into the canyon. A rope is strung along the rock wall to allow hikers to climb above the falls.

If hikers choose to continue, a half mile deeper into the canyon is a small swimming hole.

The Kanarraville Falls trailhead has water fountains, restroom facilities and two dirt parking lots. Parking is limited and requires a $10 fee.

Dogs are permitted on the trail, but mountain bikes and horses are prohibited. This canyon is located east on 250 North in Kanarraville.

Story By
Ansleigh Mikesell