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Willis Creek Narrows Trail is a 4.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Cannonville, Utah that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, nature trips, bird watching, and horses and is best used from April until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 4.9 mi Elevation gain 816 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Horseback riding

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

Historic site

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Family friendly walk in a creek through a slot canyon, excellent for hot days. The approach road is not suitable for sedans as there's a steep, sandy hill just past Cannonville. Creek may dry out in late summer. As with any slot canyon, DO NOT ENTER IF RAIN IS PREDICTED - flash flooding may occur from storms miles away (in this case, in Bryce Canyon National Park). call GSENM Cannonville (435) 826-5640 or Escalante (435) 826-5499 Visitor Center for more information. Beware of sand drifts on the drive in.

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Mandy Stanford
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Hiking

The trail was in good condition. The hike was beautiful. If you’re in the area go for it but don’t make a special trip. If you’ve never been in a narrow canyon it’s fun but it’s a long dirt road out there.

Karen Green
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Hiking

Went in October and absolutely loved it. Easy, spectacular and not crowded. Did get our feet wet a couple times. We did the road in a sedan but it’s not ideal.

Meghan Lucas
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Hiking

This was our first time in any slot canyons and it was so much fun. Super easy, more of a walk once you are down in the canyon. Fun things along the way to climb if you have a teen like mine. We went mid March and having 4WD was necessary to get here! Great family hike!

Barbara Crossley
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Hiking

Great little easy slot.

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Rebekah Robinson
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Hiking

Easy hike with little grade, the slots were short but beautiful. We were lucky to have a small breeze when we went!

Julian S
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HikingMuddy

An outstanding hike for young kids and families through a really beautiful canyon that is nearly a “slot” in a few areas. The creek was flowing very lightly as of mid June; crossing the water was a non-issue, my shoes stayed dry the entire hike. (I would stay off this trail after a big rain, though.) We got there at 7am on a Saturday and were first on the trail. We passed several dozen people on the way back, it eventually got crowded. We only went a little past a large, ~30-foot-high rock in the middle of the creek, about 1.6 miles from the trailhead; there wasn’t much to see after that, the creek bed opens up wide, the water had stopped flowing, and the walls became a bit dull to look at by then, so we ended up doing about 3.5 total. We got back to car just after 10am and never needed sunblock, the canyon is mostly shaded even into late morning in June. Our AWD car with average clearance made it to the trailhead without issue.

Dan Domancich
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Hiking

Fun little slot canyon. The road is a little rough - high clearance, 4WD recommended.

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Chryssa Hunlock
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Hiking

My dog and I had an awesome time on this slot trail this weekend (hiked 6/14/20). Me being a redhead and him being a black dog, we don't do well in exposed sun so this hike was perfect! In between the slots the sun was hot, but the shade and cool of the water in the slots gave us life again. Zero challenges, just beautiful scenery. The road is a bit rough and I did end up with a flat tire, but my tires are also wimps (rock lodged in the tread). The slots are immediate on this trail, perfect for a quick photo session and then meander as far as you please before turning back. Not too crowded even on a Sunday! We went at 1pm to catch the best light coming in from above the slots.

Samantha Rasmussen
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Hiking

We did part of this hike with 9 people ages 4-59. It was a beautiful hike through a few wide slots. There was water the entire hike but we chose to go back and forth over the stream to avoid getting wet since we only had shoes and socks with us. Another group we passed wore water shoes and hiked through the water. The water was only and inch or 2 deep. We chose to go a total of 2.5miles round trip and went through several slots, as well as seeing a waterfall.

Rachel Warnes
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Hiking

We absolutely loved this hike - a must do! We got there very early and had the trail almost entirely to ourselves, apart from some horses that were going through. The approach road is definitely sketchy in a sedan without AWD. We made it but it might not have been the smartest idea. Definitely don’t attempt if it’s been raining and you have an unsuitable vehicle. The hike itself was delightful. The canyons were absolutely beautiful with a pleasant creek and huge, vibrantly colored rock walls. The creek was low the day we went and we didn’t need water shoes. There was lots of shade in the canyons and would be great for a hot day. It was a bit hard to tell where to turn around or how far the canyon might continue. The only reason we turned around where we did was because a storm was looming and we got nervous. One of our favorite hikes from the trip - a treasure off the beaten path!

Ryan Hartman
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HikingBugs

Fun trail! Hard to get to, recommend an AWD/4WD + High clearance. I did see some sedans in the parking lot tho. Wasn’t as good as some other slot canyons I have done, but if you have extra time its worth it!

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Honnie Bermas
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Less impressive than some slots I’ve visited. Look for Skutumpah Road (well-marked) aka BLM 500 (Very small sign). Dirt road is no problem... a bit bumpy but manageable in minivan, 20 minute drive after turn off onto dirt road. Slot part was fun... but came in short segments... don’t give up after the first little slot segment stops, another one will start a little bit further down the wash. Beware of flies and some wasps and some horse poo. Once the wash widens, and you pass a big, wide boulder (looks like a half dome) in the middle of the wash (you’ve already passed a ‘fin’ like boulder in the middle), I would turn around - the water dries up, the hike is less interesting. Shade only in slot, the rest of the way is in full sun and hot. Tip: bring water shoes to walk in the stream, more fun than avoiding the water in hiking shoes. Would say it’s best for a short hike with small kids.

Tanya P.
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Visited Sunday 6/7/20: The drive was a bit challenging as there are some sandy parts and the road was really rutted out in parts. We arrived around 3pm and there were about 7 other cars, but plenty of parking. The trail was marked well and we only saw a few other people which was surprising but nice. Due to our late arrival we did not go the whole way through but it was a beautiful trail. We took tons of photos as every new turn or angle in the slots created amazing lighting. Would recommend.

Will Huggins
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Hiking

We hiked it on 06/04/2020. The road in was in good condition overall. Some rutting and washboarding but it wasn’t a problem for us - we drive a Subaru Outback. Great hike for families. We did 3.4 miles total (1.7 out to the intersection with Averett Canton). Our little boy (18 months) walked about 3/4 mile in the stream on the return journey before hopping back into the carrier pack - he loved every minute. Don’t miss the little waterfall that is not too far into the hike - back up the creek after the second drop.

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Kae Tessier
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This was our first slot canyon trail, and we really enjoyed it! The slots were beautiful. As of 6/1/20, the creek was ~1-2 inches deep. I recommend wearing waterproof hiking boots as the water might get into your shoes with sneakers. We only had to walk in the water occasionally -- mostly, we just hopped from side to side. The slots offered a lot of cool shade, but the non-slot parts are directly in the sun. I'd say to still try to get there as early as possible. Around 2-2.5 miles in, the water dries up and the sand gets looser / more difficult to walk in and shade gets harder and harder to find. The trail seems to just end randomly -- you can definitely keep walking further if you'd like, but we didn't see any particularly cool sights after going an additional 0.5 miles. This might change if the creek extends further and hasn't dried up. We took our good old time. This hike was not strenuous at all. The recording says 800 ft of elevation -- but it certainly didn't feel like it (I wouldn't have noticed we were going uphill had the creek not been flowing the other way). Getting to the trailhead is a struggle in a sedan, but it is technically doable (at least when the road is dry). It's a super bumpy ride for the last ~6 miles with 2-3 major divets in the road that couldn't be avoided (some filled with water). It took us 35 minutes to get through it. If you have a low car, there's no chance. We started the trail around 930am on Monday and there were 3 cars. When we got back around 1230pm, there were 10 cars -- still lots of parking space available. Final note... People use this for horseback riding and they don't put catchers on the backs of the horses. Going early meant we got to the trail before a lot of the horses did. There are flies because of the horse poo. Without the horses, this would be a 5-star trail for me.

Liesl Barnardt
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Pretty dry so go early as it gets hot! The water smells terrible, we had a very stinkt dog all the way back in the car... but the drive was fine to go to the trailhead.

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Suzanne Kroger Borton
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Very neat and easy trail. Came on a Saturday in late May and not many people. The road to get here is rough! The trail itself didn’t have a ton of water- you could pretty easily avoid walking through it. No more than 1-2 inches deep and you can hop from side to side to avoid it. Nice easy to hike slot canyons. Very kid friendly

Jen Scholten
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LOST WALLET: Trail was amazing except I lost my wallet there. Please call 616-915-9400 immediately if you found a white-ish gray wallet at the trailhead parking lot. I owe you my first born if you found it!

Sara Merchant
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This was fairly easy trail not too far from Bryce. The road to get to trailhead is pretty rough and we had a regular car. It's a beautiful slot canyon trail. You just follow the creek. You do see a lot of families with kids enjoying splashing on the water. Highly recommend for all levels.

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Tony Fang
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You have to go thru unpaved road for about 25 minutes to get here. The trail is very easy and flat, dog friendly. Came on Memorial Day weekend and it was moderately busy, not too bad tho. Overall great easy family trail for kids with nice views

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Jeremy Glenn
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Fantastic fun! We got to the trail head at 1015am only 5 other cars. When we returned the parking lot was full and spilling out on to the road. Hike was very enjoyable. Water temp was so nice and refreshing. Depth of water was 2-4” in most spots. Hiked well pass the junction with Sheep Creek where there is no water but really cool colored rock walls and trees.

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Bill Mollberg
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Easy hike today with a bit of water flowing.

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Amy Borchardt
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Nice flat hike. Shade in the slots but otherwise exposed. Beautiful trees and some places to climb!

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Angelica Gregoire
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Slots were great!

Peter Duprey
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Gorgeous hike through some slots. Stream through most of it which was great to keep my dog cool. Road to trailhead is primarily dirt and bumpy in spots.

Jessica Kwon
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HikingNo shade

I thought the bigger waterfall would be at the end of the trail. I was a bit disappointed when I realized that the mini waterfall I saw at the beginning of the trail was the only waterfall I would see during the trail. It was fairly easy. Sandy, but it wasn’t as bad as the lower calf creek trail. Pretty family friendly trail.

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Kenneth Wojtak
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Hiking

Great trail for kids and dogs. Walked 2 miles in and it was fairly level. Water was at most,2-4in deep.

Jacob Burdis
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HikingBugsMuddyRockyScramble

This is a great more accessible version of the narrows. Beautiful scenery, wonderful hike.

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