Explore the most popular walking trails near Cannonville with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

We enjoyed this route on 5/15. Fairly easy, cool in the narrows. We took the route south to north which seemed like it was probably easier than the other way around. Nothing too fancy.

Gorgeous hike. Made it up to T intersection. Drive is tough, but was doable in Camry. I saw other sedans as well. So don`t be scared off and do it as long as the weather is good and you drive carefully.

Easy trail but I'd imagine it would be rather hot during the summer. There's not much shade but the views are spectacular.

Great slot Canyon with very few people. It took us 4 1/2 hours at a slow pace.

This was an add-on hike while also doing the Panorama Trail and nearby Grand Escalante. We spent ~2 hours hiking up the river through the slot canyons, which were cool to see. Water level was very low. We spent more time avoiding horse poop along the river than worrying about getting our feet wet. I wouldn't call this a destination unto itself, but the canyons are well worth a few hours of your time. Note: the road to the trailhead is unpaved and somewhat long (~8 miles). We were glad we had an SUV with good ground clearance.

We hike this on April 26 and saw maybe 6 other people the whole way. Very peaceful trail with nice views. We visited as a side trip from Bryce Canyon. The "Cool Cave" was interesting to see and the view from Panorama Point is quite nice. Nothing quite as spectacular as Bryce Canyon, but a very nice way to spend the day. We also visited the Willis Creek Trail on the way back, and this was an interesting hike along the river into slot canyons. Doing both of these hikes was a good way to spend a day.

The hike contains a lot of interesting features, one of the best is a side canyon about a half of a mile from the south entrance, it dead ends with a long narrow ramp of white side that you can climb.
We hiked this from the south to the north and found the exit point show in the app to be very confusing, it leads you to a nearly vehicle cliff. The normal, easy exit is just a few hundred yards before the one show here. Overall a great hike with fun narrows.

This was a pleasant surprise winner of a hike after spending some time in Bryce. The trailhead was less than a half hour from the town of Tropic, and the roadway in only had two patches that were a challenge with water on the road. The slot canyon creek was very low, so easy to hike without waterproof boots, but the evidence of the creek being higher at times was obvious, so be sure to check for rain/flash flooding in the area. We hiked out to the point at which the trail comes to a “T”, but most of the narrow slot portions were within the first mile and a half of the hike if you don’t want to put in the 7 or 8 miles. We did see some wildlife tracks throughout the canyon, so keep your eyes open and hike with a friend. Also, be sure to sign the book at the trailhead!

amazing arches road ok

horseback riding
1 month ago

We experienced this trail via horseback. The trail was nice. The views were phenomenal. We would definitely do it again but by foot next time. The horseback riding company people were super friendly, courteous and knowledgeable. We were able to see all the highlights of the trail from a different view since were up a bit higher while ridding the horses at a nice slow pace. We didn’t see anyone on the trail while we rode the horse.

1 month ago

Short hike, that takes you on top of this cliff/mountain top, which is called angels palace. From the top you can see the parts of the Kodachrome basin. If you’re afraid of heights, it’s not too bad, just stay back from the part of the trail that is kind of narrow and you can still see the beautiful views. We only hiked part of the trail since we were short on time but we still got to see the views, if you have the time you can go around the entire loop which is only 1.5 miles. Plus, I started to record the hike about a quarter of a mile in (oops I forgot). Easy hike and path was marked very well. It’s safe for all ages, we saw kids as young as 4 there.

Extremely dry! A very easy and extremely photogenic Canyon. Hiked in to the “T” junction and went aways around the right after it. We hiked w/a seven year old who had a blast! Highly recommended and very short and easy! Took lots of pictures. Oh,we started in around 9am and there was only one other family in. On the way back out it looked to be getting crowded, lot was full too. The road was smooth, not rough at all. ( rolled up in a Prius C)

Road there was a bit rough, but well worth it. We were the only ones there when we went. Spent a few hours along the trail, and got some amazing photos to remember our hike!

2 months ago

Awesome hike. Easy. Great views everywhere you look. My kids loved it too! Saw tons of fresh mule deer tracks...wish we would have seen the deer too!

3 months ago

This was a very pretty trail. We were a bit confused if this was a loop. But we didn’t care after walking in and seeing so much- then walking back out we saw more things! There are some harder spots to get around , up and over but nothing really difficult. All the colors of rocks were amazing! We ran the soft sand and walked the rocks. It was 3 miles in and 3 out. Worth doing

The drive to the trail head may take a while and is best suited for an SUV, but I saw a few sedans at the parking area. Only saw a couple of people during my short hike on some of this trail. Gorgeous slot canyon and the water was fairly low on the day I went hiking. Worth checking out if you are in the area!

Just FYI - I was there three days ago and creek is frozen solid with water running under ice coming from Bryce.

Also - I entered coordinates into 2 different phones and was a little surprised to see the directions send you at least 200 ft passed the parking area and trail head.

The TH is marked and parking area clear so not sure why coordinates are overshooting.

This trail has an entry for Cottonwood North and South. We picked South as someone who went the day before (Dec. 30, 2017) told us South had water, and North was Dry. We entered at South and walked North until the Boulder Choke. Possibly we could have traversed it, but did not. Most of the rest of the trail was packed or slightly soft sand, sometimes with rocks and boulders. There were a few other tricky spots to get up and down, but nothing too bad. There is also a side canyon at one point. We went to the mouth of that but did not go in as the sand seemed to be pretty deep there. When we got back to the trail entry point, we exited a bit farther down than where we entered. One of the entries is a 4-5 foot drop, another is a slightly steep hill (we entered on this) and the other is through a wash with a slightly steep trail up to the road. Over all we liked this trail, and hope to go again.

4 months ago

It's interesting how all the roads are dirt roads, but the trail that leads you to the arch is paved like a sidewalk! Though it's only .2 miles, it's more fun to walk around the arch to see it from various angles, and the back. We came at sunset, so did not have enough time to explore all the angles. I like the photos posted here looking up into the arch to the sky... I did not take time to go up to that angle. It's amazing how the arch looks so different at different angles and in different lighting!

Ice on the creek. Fun little drive up and slow going on the ice

Best part ... we had the whole trail to ourselves on 12-28-17

4 months ago

Beautiful, diverse, uncrowded, and dog-friendly. What else can one ask for?!

Hike is nothing. The double arch is beautiful. The drive down the rest of cottonwood canyon is awesome

5 months ago

this is the place to go in hot weather (as long as the creek is running), as it's a shady walk in a creek - trailhead is not accessible by smaller cars without power tho as there's a STEEP hill coming from Cannonville. if you walk all the way down to the confluence of Willis and Sheep Creek, and look for the trail (please don't bushwack !!!) there are (damaged) petroglyphs south of the confluence on the west side of Sheep Creek

The hike was beautiful, but I wouldn’t advise hiking this trail if you are driving a sedan. The unpaved road you have to take to access the trail was horrible/dangerous to drive in a sedan (even in dry, beautiful weather). If you are in a truck or SUV, this hike is a great option for a leisurely stroll in a beautiful setting.

You will need to cross shallow water during the hike, so waterproof shoes or water shoes are necessary.

We hiked this trail about a week ago. Some of the road is a bit tricky to drive on since it is loose sand but it was fine in our SUV. I would not attempt this road if it was wet.

It is an easy hike but a lot of it is in an inch or two of water. Water shoes or hiking boots are best. Saw lots of people with improper footwear.

Beautiful trail! Do bring water shoes, but be aware people ride horses here, so there is manure around. So keep it closed-toed.

dog friendly gorgeous easy hike!

Really cool slot Canyon. We had no issues with water or mud as the water was at most a few inches deep but it was fairly dry. Fun to play around in. Be warned though, the road there is sand and can definitely get stuck if you aren’t careful. My sedan made it but got stuck on a similar road the next day.

8 months ago

Great for evening or morning photos, but midday summer time is too hot to enjoy. Very little shade.

8 months ago

Fantastic trail. Short and easy with great slot canyon views with a small creek. Surprisingly busy for such a remote location.

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