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Kanarra Falls, Utah’s best hike not in National Park

There are countless reasons to visit Utah. From world class skiing to the 5 amazing National Parks, there are so many amazing things to do and see for an outdoor adventurer. One of Utah’s best hikes is actually NOT in a National Park. A short drive away from Zion National Park is one of Utah’s best hikes!

hiker in blue jacket climbing stairs next to a waterfall win a slot canyon in kanrrafalls Utah

Kanarra Falls is located in Kanaraville which is a short drive from St. George, Utah. This is about an hour Southeast of Zion National Park. The hike is a moderate rated hike but you will have to go through water and rocks. The 3.7 mile out and back trail requires a permit so be sure to head here to purchase a permit. The permit system is great because it keeps the trail maintained and prevents it from being over crowded.

The hike starts with quick up hill climb and then will bring you down on a relatively flat trail. The path will bring you next to a flowing river. Towards the middle of the hike you will have to start getting more in to the river. The water level is only about shin high or lower.

hiker in shorts and blue jacket between high granite slot canyon waters with orange clay sand and flowing riverbed

After about a mile the canyon walls will get narrower and steeper. You will eventually find yourself in a beautiful slot canyon which is only a short walk to the iconic waterfalls. There are 3 waterfalls but the first one is the most impressive as it is surrounded by steep granite walls.

Due to a flash flood, the old natural looking bridge has been replaced with a newer steel stair structure. It's certainly not as beautiful but it makes it way easier to navigate past the first waterfall. You can continue further and there are 2 other waterfalls but the first one has the best view. You will have to get creative to continue on the path climbing up rocks and logs.

The water can be very cold so it is best to bring Neoprene Socks and Hiking Boots. This hike is similar and much easier than The Narrows in Zion National Park. Hiking poles are not needed.

Be sure to bring a Tripod to capture beautiful long exposures of the waterfalls!


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