Hike Water Canyon Trail in the Canaan Mountain Wilderness

Rate this Adventure Water Canyon Trailhead, Hurricane, Utah, United States

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    3.2 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    500 Feet

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife

A slot-canyon desert oasis tucked away from the crowds of Zion.

Water Canyon is narrow canyon on the southern side of Canaan Mountain in the Canaan Mountain Wilderness south of Zion. It makes for a great hike away from the crowds, though do not expect to have the trail to yourself as it is a great starting point for backpacking and canyoneering trips into the "island in the sky" Wilderness.

To get there from Hurricane take Route 59 southeast for 22 miles until you reach Hildale. Turn left on Utah Ave for two miles before turning north. Then turn right at the junction of Maxwell Canyon Rd and Water Canyon Road. Follow the dirt road north for two miles until you reach the trailhead. 

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