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Spring Creek Canyon – Kanarraville

The Spring Creek and Canyon Narrows travels into the center of a vast wilderness area adjacent to and north of Zion National Park.

Spring Creek runs up a wide valley for 1.4 miles to the canyon section. There it enters a 1.5 mile section of a beautiful high walled colorful slot canyon with intricate rock forms and textures typical of the Zion region.

This slot canyon has many side branches which are worth exploring. The canyon is deep, secluded and pretty, just not especially narrow, the narrowest places being about 10 feet wide.

The most beautiful part of the canyon ends at Sweetwater Gulch, recognized by the presence of two large redwood trees.

Trail Rating

Overall rating = moderate

Distance: 1.4 miles to the canyon plus 1.5 miles in the canyon for a total of 5.8 miles – moderate
Elevation gain: 711 feet – moderate
Terrain: sandy and rocky with several chokestones that have to be climbed – difficult
Exposure: none – easy

To see the trail rating system used here see Trail Rating System

Getting There

Take exit 42 off Interstate I15 and head east and then north along old highway SR91 towards Kanarraville. Drive 2.6 miles north along SR91 to a gravel road on the south of Kanarraville at 400S. Turn right heading south for 0.8 miles to the trailhead.

Either park here or continue as far as possible on the ATV track up the Spring Creek valley. There is an old ATV trail up the valley to the start of the canyon section but this may be closed off.

Interstate I15 exit 42 to Kanarraville

Directions to the Spring Creek Trailhead

For a one page printout of the directions click Spring Creek Canyon – Kanarraville, Utah

The Trail

Hike or drive the 1.4 miles up the Spring Creek Valley to the start of the canyon.

The trail through the main part of the canyon is about 1.5 miles to a major cross junction. This can be recognized by the 2 large redwood trees in this junction. You can continue several miles further and also explore the many side canyons which branch off from the main canyon.

Spring Creek Valley and Canyon

Spring Creek Canyon to Sweetwater Gulch

Here are some of the pictures we took along the way and in the canyon.