Hiking Water Canyon - Canaan Mountain, Southern Utah
Water Canyon is a hidden gem of a hike located just outside of Hildale, UT. The trail is beautiful and interesting from start to finish with rock scrambling, sheer red cliffs, a shallow year-round creek, a waterfall canyon oasis, and stunning valley views.
At 4.25 miles out and back and 500ft of elevation gain, this hike makes for the perfect morning or afternoon adventure for outdoor lovers and adventurous families.
To get to the first section of the flowing waterfall canyon, the trail is 4.25 miles round trip. You can hike up the canyon further, but this is for advanced hikers only.
WITH OR WITHOUT KIDS?
I have done this hike with kids plenty of times. It is a trail that can be tricky at times with uneven terrain and moderate elevations gain, but if you have lots of snacks, and patience, this is a fun one for little hikers.
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Water Canyon is located just outside Hiledale Ut in the Canaan Mountain Wilderness south of Zion. This is a convenient hike if you are staying in Hurricane or Kanab on your trip to Southern Utah. It is a 55-minute drive west of Kanab and a 40-minute drive southeast of Hurricane. Click here for map & directions
WHEN TO GO
I have hiked Water Canyon in the spring, summer, winter, and fall. Winter is a little more tricky because there could be snow and ice, but if you're lucky, the canyon walls will be covered in ice. It's quite a sight!