The Nautilus is a 0.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kanab, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length0.9 miElevation gain36 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Area requires a permit displayed in your car with an associated $6 fee per person per day to enter, obtained online https://www.recreation.gov/camping/gateways/10071676 or at a BLM office, like the station on White House Trailhead Rd. This trail is open. A rancher put up a cattle fence in the wash. There is an opening in it. It is okay to go thru. This is a fun little hike. The Nautilis is wonderful. The trail is by itself a pretty and easy walk down a ravine. There are lots of slick rock alcoves and cracks up high to explore along the ravine of you want to spend more time. Near and at the northeast end are excellent opportunities to photograph the multitude of colors in the area rock looking back southwest. After exploring The Nautilis and taking pictures you can continue down the wash for a longer walk.

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Michael Bieganski
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Short hike but we'll worth it, enjoy the stillness and beauty!

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Christophe Fr
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The Nautilus at the end is really cool and unique. I found the walk in the wash to get there pretty boring though.

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Sophia G
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Michael Harlow
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Video of the hike: https://youtu.be/j32CVv5ZKLI It was truly an amazing place. Not too far of a hike and you come across this beautiful Nautilus type formation in the rock. The wind cut through the sandstone to create this magnificent Nautilus feature. Lots of fun hiking around this area and lots of formations to look at.

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Kevin Miller
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Ian Roberts
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Jerry Bennis
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A beautiful little gem. Exit 89 at BLM outpost just east of mile 21.

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Sumer Foley
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Shhhh! Hidden gem! Definitely worth it!

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Karla RD
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Nicolas Ziegler
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Very short hike to get there. It was gorgeous, making very nice pictures, you can even slide it!

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Tim Backs
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Highly recommend downloading the Kanab area map on your map app like Google Maps as service is spotty. Then follow the directions from All Trails. Exit the highway at a BLM outpost, and stay left, then the trailhead is not obvious at all. The AllTrails app has the correct starting point , which is where the road crosses a wash. Short walk down the wash to the massive rock, which is pretty cool. Quite the wind tunnel on the day we were there, so not sure of that is normal. Nice thing to do on the way to something else.

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Jessica Morgan
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An amazing little formation that was very much worth the short hike. It’s really beautiful here and it was fun to climb around the nautilus.

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Leah Frazer
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Magical rock feature, super short and easy hike. Saw two other people. Google maps took me right to the trailhead.

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Jake Samuelson
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Erin Johnson
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Candace Martin
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This hike is AMAZING!! We did a long hike through the hoodoos in the morning and this was a perfect sunset hike to complete the day. Easy peasy and the rock formations are gorgeous!

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DJ Goodman
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In my humble opinion, you get a lot of bang for your buck on this short & easy trail!! As another reviewer noted, don’t park where the Apple maps takes you. Take the BLM information exit and then turn on your AllTrails recording map. It’ll show you where you’re at and you can take a very easy dirt road (all vehicles can make it) to the trailhead. Once on foot, you’ll follow the wash to a fence line. Go around the fence and within a few minutes, you’ll be at “The Nautilus”. Very cool rock formation! Make sure to follow your AllTrails map otherwise you will most likely miss your turn because there are no signs. Enjoy!

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Thomas Muschamp
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Ares G.
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Nautilus was a beautiful hike. Although it is only about 1 mile the features are absolutely stunning. Very geologically interesting a mixture of several different colors of sandstone with a sprinkling of volcanic rock. Looking up you'll find beautiful spires and toadstools hidden in the scenery.

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Jeydon Michael
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Maybe it's cause I'm from Michigan and have yet to make it out west but comments are totally under rated for this trail, I could spend a whole month here and not get bored

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Challey Smith
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We were already in the area for another hike, so we made our way to this one as well. It was cool to see, but I wouldn’t drive out of my way to see it.

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Eamonn OBrien
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The hike is nothing special. Lots of sandstone and side canyons to explore if you want. But the Nautilus itself is AMAZING. One of the coolest rock features I've ever seen! (And I've hiked/rock climbed all over the world!)

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Alice Nicol
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dennis curry
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Easy, cleared sand trail to the Nautilus. My off-leash dog loved it.

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Michèle Kem's
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Bonnie Flynn
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Kristina &Raine
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We headed out to this trail from Kanab around 5:30 on Sept 28th. It was a bit further from town than I expected, and Apple Maps took me to the wrong spot & said “walk to your destination from here”. Make sure you turn into the Ranger station just before you get to the end of the Apple map, and then there’s a fairly easy road to the trailhead. We spent about an hour exploring the trail, and then headed back to Kanab, arriving around 8:30, so about 3 hrs round trip. My dog, Raine, & I had a blast playing at The Nautilus! To see more of our adventures, check out @ReachesofRaine on instagram!

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Megan Johnson
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This is a really cool formation that I haven't seen anything else like it. It's a super easy drive and hike. It's best to go on a cloudy day for pictures. I enjoyed this one a lot.

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Dana D
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Beautiful easy short walk. Have to drive down a dirt road. My dog loved this trail

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