DAY 4 KANARRA CANYON

September 10, 2014



KANARRA CANYON UTAH

 We took a bit of a break due to the lack of sleep we got for almost a week straight and the weather forecast predicted a 20 percent chance of rain.  This meant that we should be find but there is a potential risk of a flash flood so I wanted to see what the weather looked like based on a 20 percent chance of rain.  It was rather interesting as it did in fact rain on us at some parts throughout the day and other times it was sunny out.  We decided to leave the park and go west, past Kolob Canyon and head for a recreational canyon with no rating called Kanarra canyon.

KANARRA CANYON
We drove to the town of Kanarra north of kolob canyon and started the dirt road hike through the desert to where the canyon started to narrow and where the canyon became more vegetated.  We wanted to take it easy today and we sure got a treat with this canyon as it had a nice cool breeze and beautiful scenery.
KANARRA CANYON

The sandstone was a nice pinkish red color with streaks with cream colored sandstone infused into the rock walls. As we made our way upstream we passed over the stream and followed the trail through snake grass and other vegetation that the stream was feeding until we got to a nice slot canyon that the river was running through.


KANARRA CANYON

We were impressed with this canyon as it had a bunch of beautiful colors in the sandstone walls as the sun made it way around the bends of the slot.  the river running through the canyon made this place sound and look like a cave system but instead of artificial light lighting up the passage, the sun reflected colors of red, orange, and yellow.

KANARRA CANYON

We worked our way over to a wooden ladder to climb up so we could continue our hike up the canyon.  I was impressed to see how beautiful this place was and how the water worked its way around the canyon. 

KANARRA CANYON

After we passed the falls the canyon opened back up and we continued upstream towards another section of slots and a few more waterfalls

KANARRA CANYON
Kassia stopped at the next slot as there was no way to continue travelling upstream without getting wet so I took my shoes off and walked up slowly over some small falls and up another waterfall.
KANARRA CANYON
This was another nice section of narrow that kept going up and around the canyon.  I eventually turned around and came back to where we stopped so we could start our way out of the canyon to visit kolob canyon.

KANARRA CANYON

On our way out we started to see more people coming up canyon so I am glad we got here early in the morning but with showing up early, the sun was not quite popping the canyon colors which has been a theme for us on this trip.


KANARRA CANYON

Yet the sheer beauty and the variation of the trips is making this trip out west the best trip I have been on.  We get back to our car and make our way toward kolob canyon for surprising views of another part of Zion that I have never seen before. 

KANARRA CANYON
I highly recommend Kanarra Canyon as a trip to take when its hot out, when you are looking to some beautiful slot canyons, and want to take it easy for a day but still visit a canyon will running clear water and great company.  The trail head is located in the back of the town Kanarra and it is a 10 dollar admission to park your car.

KANARRA CANYON
 Below is a picture of Kolob canyon in Zion National Parks boundry.  This is on the western side of the park and what a beautiful place this is!!
Kolob Canyon


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