Kanab Creek Trail

Total Miles
8.6

Elevation

1,917.28 ft

Duration

3 Hours

Technical Rating

5

Moderate

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

Kanab Creek Trail (BLM 107), south to north, runs creek-side for roughly half of the trail, and then you begin crossing back and forth over the creek and eventually driving up through the creek until you exit onto the rim above. We rode the trail in both directions, 16 miles RT, hence, the 3-hour time estimate. You go through both Four-Mile Hollow and Three-Mile Hollow in this canyon. We staged on Kanab Canyon Road just east of Highway 89. Then we took the Hidden Lake Loop around to where this trail starts. In early May, the creek was running quite low, even after a heavy snow winter, but we wouldn't suggest anyone attempt this trail too early in the spring. There are very flew places in the north end of the canyon where two vehicles could meet and get by each other. Further south, it would be possible to let someone pass. The creek has steep banks, some of which are muddy, where you drop into or exit the creek. There are some off-camber areas on the creek banks, but nothing too drastic. The trail up to the canyon rim at the north end is off camber and loose dirt. The Juniper trees are hard on tall whip lights and flags. You might consider removing them before taking this trail. The trees are close to the trail in many locations. The part of the trail that runs creek-side is filled with the red sand Southern Utah is known for. The sand is deep and soft in a lot of places. The scenery is unbelievably gorgeous. You've got the red sandstone mountains with magnificent wind-blown formations and the white or gray mountains sitting side by side. The rocks, the creek, the sand ... it's a beautiful place! In February of 2023 Utah began enforcement of a new law, which requires an online education course for all off-roaders. The free course is available online. Google "Utah OHV Education Course," and the free test will pop up. It's an easy test that will only take 15-30 minutes, and it's required for all off-roaders, Jeeps, SXSs, dirt bikes, and ATVs. Kids under the age of 18 will have to take the Youth Education Test at the same site. After completing the test, print out the certificate to carry with you which shows you completed the course. We have taken it, and it's really no big deal. Good reminders about trail etiquette and trail preservation.

Difficulty

The creek has steep banks in some locations, rocks and obstacles to maneuver around in other locations and water crossings that may be deep in the early spring or after a heavy rain. There are some minor to moderate off-camber areas along the creek. The off-camber trail to the canyon rim is also loose dirt.

Technical Rating

5

Status Reports

Casey Miller
Oct 14, 2023
4x4
Open
Normal
Mike Mossman
Jun 05, 2023
4x4
Open
Normal

Access Description

From Kanab, UT, take Highway north to Kanab Canyon Road. We staged along Kanab Canyon Road. There are wide sandy parking areas on both sides of that road. Then we took the Hidden Lake Loop Trail to where this track begins on the southern end.

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