About 11 miles south of Cedar City Utah, is the small town of Kanarraville, UT. It's easy to miss it as you drive south on I-15. There is no obvious clues that it holds anything worth stopping for, and that's exactly the goal of the people of Kanarraville. Behind the main town, lies a beautiful canyon, creek, and multiple breathtaking waterfalls. This creek is the main water supply for the city, and residents have become concerned with the possible effects that added hikers will have on the quality of their water supply. Because of this, they have added a gated parking lot that closes at 10pm and a fee ($10) to help limit visitors to their canyon. The fee is NOT optional - They will tow your car! You can avoid the fee by parking in town and adding an extra mile to your hike. This is a water hike - It is impossible to do this hike without getting wet. There are times during the hike where the path is hard to find- Remember to just follow the creek and you can't get lost.
Directions: Take exit 42 off of I-15 (Harmony/Kanarraville). Head East on Hwy 144 and take an immediate left onto Harmony Ridge Dr/Old US 91. Continue about 4.5 miles into Kanarraville and turn right onto 100 North. Follow 100 North 3.5 blocks until you see the parking lot on your left.
Length: 4. 8 miles round Trip
Challenges: This is a water hike. You will be walking across the creek throughout the hike, and once you enter the slot canyon you have no other option then walking through the water. Make sure you have shoes suitable for this situations. The water can be near freezing, so I suggest good hiking soles with socks on. In April, we found trail-runners and socks worked best (keep extra shoes in the car for after). In the summer, Hiking sandals or Water hiking shoes would work great. There are ladders to climb, and the condition of these ladders changes regularly. My younger was too scared to climb the ladder, and I witnessed a few other children crying and scared of the ladders as well.
Children: There were many children on this hike. It has water, climbing over boulders, slot canyons that echo - It's a great hike for children. Be prepared to end your hike at the first tree trunk ladder if you suspect your child will have a hard time climbing a 20 foot ladder. This seemed to be a very common turn-around point for most families. From about .25 miles in there is fun and adventure for kids.
Dogs: NOT RECOMMENDED. We saw dogs on the first park of this hike. There are ladders to climb, and most dogs can't climb ladders. I didn't see a sign, but I have read that dogs are not allowed on this trail.