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

hiking
11 days ago

The perfect experience if you don't have too much time available to spend in this beautiful area.
The drive from the Hwy 89 to the trailhead is nice but pay attention because previous rain can create some very big bump. From the parking lot, the first part of the trail is quite easy, in a large wash with some interesting view of plants and little wildlife (expecially rabbits). The only problem is the heat: the whole section has no shade and we did it around 2 pm in september, temperature was very high so hat and lot of water is reccommend. The section when the cliffs become higher is just the prelude to the wonderful final part: a great narrow slot in the shade, very fun and atmospheric. There is a drop at a certain point, lot of reviewers rated it as easy, but at the time of our visit we had some problems (we are 1,60 mt tall) because some recent flood moved the debris used to go down, so we had to go back and use the alternate way, that starts in the same point of The Wave trail but follow another direction, just check the cairns. The confluence with the Buckskin Gulch is huge and pretty good to have some rest, take some photos, look at the petroglyphs and enjoy the silence of the place. We moved toward the left for a little walk in BG, but it was a little muddy and we heard some Coyote in the distance, so after one mile we returned back. Very reccommend place, hope to come back and walk through the BG for a longer distance.

Beautiful. Hike is very easy, the drop was too much for my dog but we were able to find the detour mentioned from other reviewers just look for the markers.

on Wire Pass Trail

hiking
12 days ago

Great pretty easy hike. It is a fee area so have some cash. $6.00/person.
easy walk along dry river bed leading to the slot. Small climb down about a 7ft drop. Then on to easy hiking. At the confluence of Buckskin and Wire Pass you can go left up Buckskin not far until it got to muddy for us. We went to the right down Buckskin and there are water crossing after water crossing. Much better than trying to cross mud.

Great hike. If in the area one should do it.

hiking
18 days ago

Loved the hike. Pretty easy trail with just one obstacle, an 8-10 for climb down. Some people did not hike past the obstacle.

hiking
18 days ago

This was an amazing experience...We went on a cold, rainy, somewhat snowy day in March. We are so thankful that we hired a guide out of Kanab who had a vehicle that could get in and out. Rain on clay is almost worse than ice in Minnesota. The weather did not dampen the experience and the weather cleared just as we arrived at the Wave. We are glad that we dressed in weather appropriate layers. We received our lottery ticket in the online drawing 3 months ahead....and there were almost 300 in line the day before. So it really is the luck of the draw.

Fantastic. Took a small 11 year old dog and he loved it. The pools at the end were to sticky to play in but beautiful slot canyons.

This was an easy loop off of rainbow point. Good views, and good information about the ecology of the area.

hiking
1 month ago

Do not go without a permit. BLM and the sheriff check several times a day. The fine is huge not to mention federal court and the bad karma from doing the wrong thing to Mother Nature.

Protecting the wave and surrounding area is critical. It is fragile beauty.

It took us 8 months but we finally won a permit. The effort was worth it. No one can really describe the mind boggling beauty of this hike.

It is as though you are on another planet. Enter the lottery every month until you are awarded a permit. It is truly the golden ticket.

Sandy in areas which is exhausting. Take the detailed map you get with your permit. We used it way more than I thought we would. You are on your own out there.

The ranger will stop you and examine your permit. Writing down the details. They keep careful track of who is out there.

1 month ago

Fantastic view of a Canyon
Same view than Antelope and nobody on the pictures !

Amazing!

1 month ago

Nice view and easy hike!

hiking
1 month ago

I hiked the Riggs Spring Loop Trail with my brother in November 2017, except we did it the hard way: We started at Lower Podunk Trailhead in the Dixie National Forest to the southeast of Bryce Canyon. The hiking was easy, and the drive in on BLM roads was the hard part! It is an easy 1 mile hike from the Lower Podunk trailhead to the Riggs Spring Loop at the Riggs Spring Campground.

We hiked the loop trail clockwise: This allows an ascent of the steeper portion of the trail leading up to Yovimpa Pass, and a descent on the shallower slopes on the east side of the loop. There is nothing technical about the hike, and trekking poles aren't needed unless you descend the steeper part of the loop. The majority of the hike is though spruce-pine forest, limiting broad scenic vistas. However the portion above Yovimpa Pass will give you spectacular views of the Pink Cliffs from a close-up perspective few will ever experience! There are also sporadic Bristlecone Pines in this area.

Starting at the base of the plateau, the climax of the hike is achieving the summits within Bryce Canyon: the Yovimpa Point and Rainbow Point overlooks. Both are excellent, but in my opinion they pale in comparison to the view from above Yovimpa Pass. Total elevation differential from Lower Podunk to Rainbow Point (elev 9,115?) was right at 2,000 feet.

This is a great hike doable by anyone in decent shape, with great scenery and providing a good workout. Bonus: If you access the trail from Lower Podunk Trailhead outside Bryce Canyon, you won't have to pay the entrance fee to the national park!

hiking
2 months ago

Did this trail 2 years ago. A wonder! It’s the untouched backyard that mysteriously brings you back to the dinosaur era. 20 people per day are permitted, which means you won’t see any other human most of the time. Complete wilderness without any man made sign, so you have to notice the landscape then roam freely!

hiking
2 months ago

The road to get to the trails is easy to miss. I came during mudslide season. The road is currently damaged, and signs warn that this road is impassable when wet. Emergency response is slow. Plan your trip outside of the rainy season, know the weather, and know this area is proceed at your own risk.

nature trips
2 months ago

A wonderland!

hiking
2 months ago

Great short hike. Would recommend this hike for anyone staying in the area.

Great views over the least polluted area in the lower 48. Very easy for almost all ages.

I would have rated this trail 5 stars because it's beautiful, and very easy to follow. However the trailhead was not easy to find. There are signs marking Bristlecone Trail but none that show where Riggs Spring Loop Trail is. It took me a few tries to figure out that you start on Bristlecone, head down the Under the Rim trail, and then Riggs Spring Trail branches off from there. It would have been nice to have signs in the parking lot to tell you which way to go. The campsites on Riggs Trail were nice. There was water running at Riggs spring, approximately a quart per minute. I only ran into one group of Backpackers and two hikers. Very little traffic on this gorgeous route

hiking
2 months ago

Simply stunning.
Permits are difficult to obtain though and you will lucky to get one.
The pre hike talk by the ranger can be a bit daunting too for the inexperienced hiker. You are warned about getting lost and the possibility of an overnight stay until you are found, wildlife, etc.
My better half almost never went but in the end relented.
Think it was the best decision she ever made. Take plenty water and go early to make a day of it.
Also, anything less than a SUV down the 8 mile dirt, potholed road from the interstate to the trailhead is likely to leave you with under carriage damage.

hiking
2 months ago

An easy hike into the magnificent Buckskin Gulch slot canyon!

Easy walk. Good views.

Super easy. Good views

hiking
3 months ago

Minor hike but the views are awesome!

Pretty accurate until you get over the sandy hill at the end to get to the wave. Once in lifetime experience!

hiking
3 months ago

IMPORTANT: Please read and truly understand every word and the map that is provided with your permit.

Entered Houserock Valley Rd north off 89 via Page. Houserock is washboard rough rd for 7 miles south to parking. SVU is best esp is there has been rain.

Amazing hike but very poorly marked. Use the veridical slot in the mountain as your destination when you turn south. Very easy to miss the fist turn off for the wave trail head off wire pass.

1.5 mile point. As soon as you cross the sandy wash there is a marker post on a dune to head east. Follow that path up the side of the mountain “the saddle” as they call it. Very easy to miss.

From there you will head south bearing to the right along the mountain sides. The wave is in the distance at the base of the coin slot crevasse white mountain.

Annotated photos uploaded.

3 months ago

There is a way around it up above but you need to know where to go I came back through the upper half since it was windy and I was getting covered in sand in the slot canyon. The drop isn’t bad but not for everybody

hiking
3 months ago

Great views of Bryce and beyond. Easy and short. Nice drive to the top as well.

Nice walk on a good packed in trail. At points you get some good views. Pretty windy out at the south point on the trail.

We did this trail as part of "Rainbow and Yovimpa Points Plus Bristlecone Loop"

hiking
3 months ago

We would highly recommend doing this hike if you're in the area. It's fairly easy and is mostly down a dry riverbed. Towards the end, you go through a couple of slot canyons and you have to scramble at this one drop off point. We heard someone say there was a way around but couldn't figure it out. Once you get through the two slot canyons, it opens up into a confluence with Buckskin Gulch and the area is simply amazing. There's petroglyphs on the rock wall too. This is the best part of the hike so don't quit before you reach the end.

hiking
4 months ago

A wonderful hike and beautiful geologic feature. While The Wave was the main event for the hike and certainly worth the effort, the out and back hike and wandering around the area is fascinating. The views are endless.

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