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Kanarra Canyon

Tara and Jeremy in the Kanarra Canyon narrows.

Kanarraville Canyon is a pleasant hike along and in Kanarra Creek. Several stretches of the creek pass through slot canyons and past several waterfalls, including Kanarra Falls.

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Waypoints

Waypoint Latitude Longitude Description
PARK1 37.5369281 -113.1836109 Park at Kanarraville Town Hall, 40 S Main, free
PARK2 37.5377328 -113.1756057 Park at Kanarra Falls Parking Lot, $10.00
JUNC1 37.5371494 -113.1760709 Junction #1
  37.5381969 -113.1706010 Cross the creek
  37.5361020 -113.1633759 Walk across pipe
  37.5360190 -113.1628439 Small waterfall
  37.5370790 -113.1612550 Cross the creek
  37.5385858 -113.1576033 More small waterfalls
  37.5387879 -113.1552200 Cross the creek
  37.5380670 -113.1537699 Start walking in the creek
NSTART 37.5379560 -113.1529309 Narrows Start
WF1 37.5376210 -113.1524200 Waterfall #1, Kanarra Falls, often has a makeshift ladder
WF2 37.5378487 -113.1502321 Waterfall #2, easily bypassed
WF3 37.5386389 -113.1493069 Waterfall #3, often has a makeshift ladder
NEND 37.5388910 -113.1485369 Narrows End
CAVE 37.5399929 -113.1476900 Small sandstone cave

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Trip Report: October 22, 2011


Kanarraville Canyon at EveryTrail

Since parking at the trailhead was $10 per vehicle, we decided to park at the church in town and walk to the trailhead. While Tara and I were waiting for Anthony, Arianne, and Kevin (they missed the exit), we decided to play around on this nifty playground toy.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike

Anyway, on our third or fourth spin, Tara scraped her knee pretty good. Off to a great start.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike

This hike came recommended by a cousin. About all we knew going into it was, "there's a sweet slot canyon in Kanarraville. The first part up to Kanarra Falls is pretty easy, and that's where most people turn around, but if you keep going, it gets harder." Since we didn't know how technical it would be, we brought wetsuits, rope, and other basic canyoneering gear. We asked a young family to point us in the right direction, and we were off.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike

The first couple blocks were awesome. Just what we came for... nice paved road... pretty view... the works.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike

It only got better from there.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike

After a couple of "you better watch out or we'll boot your car" and "don't trash our canyon" signs, we started up the canyon.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike

The first 3/4 mile follows a dirt road. There are a couple of stream crossings. They were small enough to jump over, boulder hop, or just walk through. Keep in mind that this was October, so the water was quite cold.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike

We couldn't decide if the white "5" on the cliff (below) was natural or man-made.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike

At the end of the dirt road, the trail continues up Kanarra Canyon.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike

The sketchiest part of the whole hike was where you have to wak along a pipe because the trail has eroded away. Piece of cake.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike

There are several small waterfalls along this section of trail, but the coolest ones are farther up the canyon.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike

The fall colors were amazing.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike

Another stream crossing.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike

The red sandstone cliffs at the mouth of Kanarra Canyon were very picturesque.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike

I really liked this waterfall on Kanarra Creek.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike

More stream crossings.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike

A dead tarantula (or maybe just a shed exoskeleton).

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike

Anthony decided to climb up to a sandstone cave.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike

It was about 6 feet deep and had several bats inside.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike

Did I mention that there were lots of stream crossings? By this point, we had completely given up on trying to keep our feet dry.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike

More fall colors.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike

After about an hour and twenty minutes, we reached the slot canyon. The cliffs are very majestic and seemed to come out of nowhere.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike

We came to Kanarra Falls just a few minutes after entering the slot canyon.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike

Tara and I stayed behind to shoot a 360° panorama at the base of Kanarra Falls.

Kevin, Anthony, and Arianne went on without us.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike

We figured that this was the point where most people turn back. But we kept going obviously. Just upstream of Kanarra Falls is a big boulder you have to climb up, then the canyon opens up.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike

We passed several more waterfalls.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike

This waterfall was one of our favorites because of the bright yellow fall leaves in the background.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike

Farther upstream is another section of slot canyon.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike

Then another waterfall with a ladder.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike

While the girls were putting their wetsuits on (the guys had already put theirs on), a youth group caught up to us. They were all wearing shorts, and they were freezing cold.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike

This is the only place on the hike where we got wet above the waist because the waterfall pours down right on top of the ladder.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike

Eventually the canyon opened up again, and the sunlight came with it.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike

At this point, there was almost no detectable trail. In a few places, there were some small footpaths, but it didn't look like very many people had come this far.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike

At one point along the creek, we found some cool sandstone caves.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike

Eventually we decided to stop for lunch. It didn't look like there were any slot canyons still ahead of us, so we decided to turn back.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike

As is usually the case, the slot canyons looked completely different from the other angle.

Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike
Kanarraville Canyon / Kanarra Falls Hike

We definitely plan on coming back to Kanarra Falls and Kanarraville Canyon. Next time, we'll just wear neoprene socks and not bother with the wetsuits. We definitely won't bring ropes or harnesses either. What an awesome hike!

Trip Report: May 11, 2013


Kanarra Canyon at EveryTrail

We took the 11-year-old Scouts from our ward (Troop 601) hiking up Kanarra Canyon for our May activity. On the trip were Jeremy Dye, Clancy Black, Domonic Arochi, and Dylan Prince.

I gave my two pairs of neoprene socks to Domonic and Dylan. The water was very cold and by the time we reached the top, our feet were very numb and sensitive.

Kanarra Canyon Hike
An example of the many social trails the divert from the main trail.
Kanarra Canyon Hike
Kanarra Canyon Hike
Kanarra Canyon Hike
Snake grass
Kanarra Canyon Hike
Kanarra Canyon Hike
Kanarra Canyon Hike
Kanarra Canyon Hike
Kanarra Canyon Hike
Kanarra Canyon Hike
Kanarra Canyon Hike

It took us roughly an hour and a half to reach the narrows of Kanarra Canyon.

Kanarra Canyon Hike
Kanarra Canyon Hike
Kanarra Canyon Hike
Kanarra Canyon Hike
Kanarra Canyon Hike
This bird made its nest right at the base of Kanarra Falls.
Kanarra Canyon Hike
Climbing up the ladder at Lower Kanarra Falls
Kanarra Canyon Hike
Lower Kanarra Falls
Kanarra Canyon Hike
This waterfall is right above Lower Kanarra Falls
Kanarra Canyon Hike
Kanarra Canyon Hike
Kanarra Canyon Hike
Kanarra Canyon Hike
Kanarra Canyon Hike

About 10 minutes past Lower Kanarra Falls is Middle Kanarra Falls

Kanarra Canyon Hike
Middle Kanarra Falls
Kanarra Canyon Hike

Then there is another stretch of pretty narrows.

Kanarra Canyon Hike

Upper Kanarra Falls is about 20 minutes past Lower Kanarra Falls. This is the prettiest waterfall of them all and also has a ladder to climb up.

Kanarra Canyon Hike
Kanarra Canyon Hike
Kanarra Canyon Hike
Kanarra Canyon Hike

We turned around at Upper Kanarra Falls and started our trek back.

We stopped at Middle Kanarra Falls for lunch and to let our feet warm up in the sun. The boys ran around and explored the side canyon.

Kanarra Canyon Hike
Kanarra Canyon Hike
Kanarra Canyon Hike

Back in the lower narrows.

Kanarra Canyon Hike
Kanarra Canyon Hike
Kanarra Canyon Hike
Kanarra Canyon Hike

You know it's a good hike when the Scouts fall asleep on the ride home.

Kanarra Canyon Hike