Kanarra Falls, Utah

Kanarra Falls is 3.6-mile out-and-back trail near Kanarraville, Utah. It’s a very popular trail in the summer where kids splash around in the water. Dogs are not allowed on this trail.

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The trail is so popular it’s now on a reservation system.

On weekends on hot summer days, you will likely need an advance ticket. You can get tickets at KanarraFalls.Com.

A group of us decided to do this trail in Autumn at the last moment and had no problem getting tickets.

The route winds through a slot narrow canyon with ladders that leading to several dramatic water cascades.

A rickety old wooden ladder to get over the first waterfall has been replaced by a much safer aluminum ladder.

The trail is rated moderate and that seems about right. You do have to be comfortable climbing tall ladders and scrambling over boulders.

Do not attempt to slide down any of the chutes. The first time we did this trail, a team of paramedics carried out a woman who broke her ankle on a slide.

You will get wet, perhaps up to your knees, to reach the most scenic waterfalls near the end of the trail. So bring along an extra set of clothes.

A double waterfall marks the end of the trail. There is not much beyond the choke boulder at this location. Don’t try to proceed further. And don’t be tempted to slide down any of the chutes.

Happy Hiking.

Waterfall Tips

  • Waterfalls photograph best in reflected light or on on bright overcast days. Direct sun is usually a killer.
  • Use a polarizer to remove unwanted reflections.
  • A tripod is necessary if you want smooth flowing water and long exposures.


Those interested in my equipment and recommendations can find it here: Mish’s Equipment List.

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