Water Canyon

MODERATE 18 reviews

Water Canyon is a 11.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Hildale, Utah that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

11.7 miles
2352 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


nature trips



2 months ago

Challenging hike for our 5 kids (ages 4 to 11) due to constant up and down the trail goes along the base of the canyon. The kids also had some problems getting through the somewhat over grown vegetation. Don't miss the arch on the east canyon wall! Personally it was a great 1/2 day hike for us adults and the scenery was amazing. Low traffic made the hike very enjoyable.

3 months ago

The map on here does not actually reflect the trail, but rather the dirt road leading to it. About 2/3 of the way down the dirt road, the road was completely washed out. Before then, there were some sketchy parts as well, but passable as long as you're careful. We opted to park our small car at the head of this dirt road instead. It's about a 1.8 mile walk to Water Canyon Trailhead. Water Canyon Trail is marked at 1.5 miles each way (at least until you reach the canyon part itself...it does go beyond this with canyonerring opportunities). Getting to the end is worth every step. It has cool temperatures once you reach the canyon, and it's beautiful; very unique. Would definitely do this if I'm ever in Utah again!

3 months ago

This was an absolute awesome canyon and lightly traveled. We did canyoneering through here and it was a ton of fun. Interested twists and turns, stunning views, and interesting drops. Would definitely recommend this spot and can't wait to go back.

6 months ago

Beautiful hike. Not long or overly strenuous great waterfall ending

8 months ago

If you have a couple hours; go get it this trail done. Take lots of photos. It's beautiful.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Almost 5 star. Drive the speed limits posted; you do NOT want to be pulled over in this neck of the woods.

This trail requires scrambling over rocks and has recently been the scene of flash flooding. The surrounding gulch seems to evidence real time geological changing (you can see where there have been several slides). It's amazing that the trail is still there and not disappeared. Very nice end-point with lush garden, including ferns, moss, and hanging garden from cliffs. The walls as you approach the narrows do look reminiscent of the The Subway in Zion. We were unable to climb up because of the flow of water. There was also a cool fissure in the ground which was completely full of water--about 3' wide and at least 8' deep (couldn't see bottom). Stay left & high on the trail--the numerous spurs off it going to the right just go to the creek. There is at least one place that looked impassable but by walking around a bit you can see where the foot prints are and where to scramble around it.

rock climbing
Monday, August 29, 2016

Sunday, July 17, 2016

What a great hike! Beautiful views, high cliffs, and waterfalls. Definitely worth seeing!

Thursday, May 01, 2014

This hike can be extended by hiking up to Water Canyon then continuing up a trail to the left side of the canyon and hiking around to the east to Squirrel Canyon and back to the starting point.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The trail is actually located just outside Hildale, Utah .... Not Hurricane.
The road to the trailhead is not maintained and may be impassible in bad weather. A high clearance is a must!
It is a popular trail for the local community and also used for rappelling training. Very busy in the summer. Parking can be an issue when it's busy. Don't park where you can be blocked in or u may have a wait when you are ready to leave!
No garbage service at the trailhead so you pack it in.....you pack it out. Do not allow your pet companions to defecate in or near the stream bed. It's a water source for the local community. ( I have seen it happen.)
It is a beautiful area and a nice hike. It is also the starting point for the Tears Drop and Natural Bridge hikes which are much more strenuous but have stunning views of the surrounding canyons. Enjoy!

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Saturday, May 28, 2016