Sixty-seven monolithic stone spires called sedimentary pipes accentuate multi-hued sandstone layers revealing 180 million years of geologic time. The color and beauty found here prompted a 1948 National Geographic Society expedition to name the area Kodachrome after the popular color film.
This is a great loop is you have the time. Stopped at all of the high points. We took our time and spent 3 hours and 20 minutes to hike the entire loop. We stopped and enjoyed many features on the trail. Cool Cave was the best. This time of year with all of the snow not only is there a small waterfall in the cave but the snow melt had hundreds of drops of water coming down from above. Because of the banner year of snow we hiked through a lot of snow in the shady areas and a lot of mud where the sun had melted the snow. My boots were the muddiest that I've ever had. Don't let the mud or snow stop you we saw only 1 person with a dog the entire hike and sure beats hiking in the hot summer sun. Lots or other great looking hikes in the area and could spend 2-3 days to hike them all.
Enjoyed the trail with our German Shepherd Dog. Nothing to technical for us beginners. Not much shade once the sun rises higher but our early start gave us some as needed to rest our dog. Much of the trail has a center rut from bikes and horses but it is quite manageable. Really enjoyed the lack of people to work around. We saw just a few and that was pleasant.
Nice easy walk. Probably get your feet wet. Would be great with kids, not too long.
The road to this hike was interesting. All dirt road off Main St. South of Cannonville, Utah. I used the following website to get directions to the hike: http://www.yourhikeguide.com/willis-creek-narrows/. This website was very accurate for guiding us to the trailhead. Although they recommend high clearance vehicles to access this hike, we saw plenty of cars at the parking lot. Even though it's a dirt road, there are really only 2 bad spots on here. At the very beginning and somewhere around 4.5-5.5 miles in.
The hike itself was easy and you get into the slots only after a 5 minute walk from the parking lot. Horse poop on the trail, so I wouldn't let the kiddos play in the water. Lots of creek crossings but I didn't get my feet wet. Only 1.5 -2 feet wide, so very easy to cross back and forth. The creek itself is maybe only 12 inches deep? At least during a dry day like on 07/09/15. I can imagine this place can be dangerous during a flash flood.
Loved this hike. Will go further next time. Only hiked about 1.5 miles in before we decided to turn around due to time.