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Adjacent to the southeast boundary of Zion National Park, Canaan Mountain Wilderness is comprised of approximately 44,500 acres of public land in Washington County. In this wilderness, an 8-by-10 mile block of Navajo Sandstone, bounded by 2,000-foot-high cliffs, has been sculpted by wind and water over time into a landscape of soaring cliff walls, natural arches, and slot canyons. On the highest plateaus, stands of ponderosa pine are surrounded by cream-colored slickrock. Pinyon pine, Utah juniper, scrub oak, and sagebrush cover the mountain slopes, at lower elevations. Seeps in the canyon walls provide water for hanging gardens of maidenhair fern, monkeyflower, and columbine. Hawks, falcons, and golden eagles nest along the sandstone walls, while ringtailed cats, deer, cougar, and black bear live on the plateaus and in the canyon bottoms. This wilderness provides opportunities for primitive recreational activities, including hiking, equestrian trail riding, canyoneering, and camping. Several routes exist on the southern end of the wilderness providing access to higher elevations by way of steep canyons. The Sawmill trail, however, follows an historic logging route and traverses a large portion of the wilderness. Only one route is on the northern side and provides access to Eagle Crags at about 5,200 feet. All of these routes are primitive, not maintained on a regular basis, and not signed.

avoid the crowds at Zion. Hike next to Zion in the wilderness!

Great off the beaten path trail and you can bring your pup!

hiking
2 months ago

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hiking
3 months ago

This is a great hike to go on, if you do go try and stay in the center of the trail. I almost got bit by a rattlesnake that was right next to the trail, but other than that it was magnificent.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Loved every minute of this ride

camping
4 months ago

In early March wife and I hiked to campsite #6 and stayed the night. Nighttime temps were in the mid 20's, but our trip landed on the coldest night of the week. The section of the trail between the road and campsite 6 is very easy, with only 3-4 sections of steep downhill/uphill. Other than that it's flat and makes for a quick hike. We saw a few other groups during our stay, but it was not crowded. The trail runs alongside the wash/creek, sometimes butting right up against it, and at other times the trail veers 50 yards or so away from the creek. I'm sure some people hike the creek itself, but this would require significantly more effort - the trail is well defined. We thought the views were fantastic, but certainly not the best in Zion. This is a great winter hike.

Nice hike. Good exercise... lots of up and down.

amazing landscape. well marked trails.

hiking
7 months ago

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Great views with challenging terrain.

hiking
Saturday, May 21, 2016

beautiful trail thriugh pinyon pine. trail is often rocky and uneven so bring good shoes. nice overlook of entrance to zions. i did not go to the end of the trail.

mountain biking
Tuesday, April 05, 2016

One of the most beautiful rides ever. My favorite trail in southern Utah.