Halls Creek Canyon Trail is a 22.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Hanksville, UT that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and backpacking and is accessible from September until May.
Directions from Highway 24: Drive southward on Notom-Bullfrog Road to the Bullfrog Marina Access. Turn right, south, and drive one mile before reaching the Halls Overlook spur road. Turn right on to this road and travel three miles to the overlook. The spur road is suitable for high-clearance two-wheel drive vehicles in good weather.
We traveled with a university group of 9 in mid-march from the TH to Fountain Tanks. We came via the Burr Trail Road then headed south on the Notom-Bullfrog Road. The last .5 mile or so of the road to the TH is pretty gnarly (high clearance recommended) and could be impassable when wet. The roads were dry for us and the Tahoe and Jeep did fine. The TH has a picnic table and parking. The first 1.5 miles of trail drop right into the canyon and are pretty strenuous. Once in the valley, the hiking is flat and easy. The trail parallels the creek and is easy to find. The creek was running low and was very silty. We made it to the Fountain Tanks and they were a much more reliable water source. Exploring other slots nearby, we found many other pools that had clear water. Lots of Cryptobiotic soil made campsite selection tricky. Lots of fresh tracks and wildlife! The temps during the day were in the low to mid 50's with a light breeze from the south and low 30's at night. It threatened to rain our last day, but no precip. Cell phone reception is nonexistent. Bring a SAT phone or Spot-type device for communication. A permit is required for camping and can be only be obtained in person at the Capitol Reef Visitor Center in Torrey. For updates on weather, trail and road conditions, etc. call the Center @ 435.425.4111. Such an awesome place with lots of options for exploring!