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5 Kanab Hikes to Please Your Adventure Bug

Dinosaur Tracks Above the Port

This is a fairly easy, uphill hike with a good trail and great trail markers. I think my total time was about 40 minutes and I went almost a full mile.  If you park at the Porta Potty, you can make your way to the hill. There is an orange rebar right where you will be able to climb up to the next level (fairly easy). You will then want to make your way to the front of the mountain and follow the trail and trail markers. Some very lovely person has set up the rock stacks to mark the easiest trail, so if you keep your eyes open you will be up to the top in no time. It’s a beautiful view, and the rocks are stacked where most of the prints are as well.


The parking area and the mountain that the track is on are BLM land – but the hike to get up there is privately owned. Please be respectful of all of the land.

Greenhalgh Trail (Trail Canyon)

Named for two brothers who used to live up the canyon, Greenhalgh trail is also the old mail route. To get there you head north from Kanab, and across the road from the entrance to Hog Canyon is a dirt road. (You can bring offroad vehicles on it, I drive a Ford Fusion and it does fine). There is a little place to park, or if you have a 4WD you can drive down to right in front of the metal bridge. Cross the bridge, turn left and keep going until you hit a part where the road splits into 4 ways. The right path looks like it’s going up a hill, you’ll want to take that one. If you go straight and hit the two big berms, you’ve gone too far.

You’ll finally make it to the trailhead, and it’s pretty simple from there. There’s a trail that takes you up top, or you can go in through the bottom and then head up. There are Petroglyphs up there, an old Native American Ruin and supposedly the Cabin where the Greenhalgh brothers lived. All I know is that we were surrounded by cliffs, oak trees, and a frozen stream and it was beautiful! We did 5 miles in about 3 hours (we had a kid and like 5 dogs with us) and even stopped for a pre-packed lunch.


The entirety of this trek is BLM land. You can either hike up and out or go to the end and keep going.

My dog with some Petroglyphs found above the trail. 

Sherry Belle Trail Around Jackson Flat Reservoir

Since the beginning of the year, Jackson Flat now has a beautiful black top trail that goes all the way around it. There are two different parking areas so you can start wherever you want on the trail. It’s about an hour long walk and 3.51 miles. It has a beautiful view of the reservoir, some porta potties along the way and is a great place to take kids, pets and walk with friends. I do believe you can also bike it, skate it or even scooter it. I am so grateful that they put this trail up – it’s nice to have a place where someone can walk and enjoy the reservoir. It’s also popular! Every time I’ve gone out there I have seen people walking and running with smiles on their faces and friendly “Hello”‘s! This is a great place to go if you don’t want to “rough it”.


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Jackson Flat Reservoir during a Rain Storm

Peek A Boo Slot Canyon

This is a beautiful place to go hiking! It’s pretty short (used to be longer, but the climb up has since been blocked by rock and debris). You will need a 4WD vehicle to get to the starting point.

Last time we went, we took our camp chef, some food and make a little “hobo dinner” before setting out on our hike. The slot canyon is SO COOL. It gets kind of narrow, dark and cool. One of my favorite places to visit in Kanab!


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Bunting Trail

Bunting trail is a beautiful place to hike! You hike for a little way and then come to almost a fork. You can continue up the creek bed (my favorite, it’s much easier) or go uphill. If you choose to go uphill there is a Petroglyph panel at the top, which is really cool to see! Going up the creek bed is my favorite because it’s always a little cooler (temperature wise) and I love to look at the rocks that are there.

This is a great hike to take dogs on, but you’ll want to leave their leashes on. I’ve seen other dogs on the trail too. It’s a good place to meet other hikers too!


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Please Keep Our Trails Clean 

When hiking, please be considerate of others, the trail, and the environment. I try to live by the Leave No Trace 7 Principles… they are:

The Leave No Trace Seven Principles are the bedrock of the Leave No Trace program. They provide guidance to enjoy our natural world in a sustainable way that avoids human-created impacts. The principles have been adapted so they can be applied in your backyard or your backcountry.

Note: click any of the headers below for a much deeper explanation of each principle.

Plan Ahead and Prepare

  • Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you’ll visit.
  • Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies.
  • Schedule your trip to avoid times of high use.
  • Visit in small groups when possible. Consider splitting larger groups into smaller groups.
  • Repackage food to minimize waste.
  • Use a map and compass to eliminate the use of marking paint, rock cairns or flagging.


Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces

  • Durable surfaces include established trails and campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses or snow.
  • Protect riparian areas by camping at least 200 feet from lakes and streams.
  • Good campsites are found, not made. Altering a site is not necessary.
    • In popular areas:
      • Concentrate use on existing trails and campsites.
      • Walk single file in the middle of the trail, even when wet or muddy.
      • Keep campsites small. Focus activity in areas where vegetation is absent.
      • In pristine areas:
      • Disperse use to prevent the creation of campsites and trails.
      • Avoid places where impacts are just beginning.


Dispose of Waste Properly

  • Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your campsite and rest areas for trash or spilled foods. Pack out all trash, leftover food and litter.
  • Deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 6 to 8 inches deep, at least 200 feet from water, camp, and trails. Cover and disguise the cathole when finished.
  • Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products.
  • To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 200 feet away from streams or lakes and use small amounts of biodegradable soap. Scatter strained dishwater.


Leave What You Find

  • Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch cultural or historic structures and artifacts.
  • Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.
  • Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species.
  • Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches.


Minimize Campfire Impacts

  • Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the backcountry. Use a lightweight stove for cooking and enjoy a candle lantern for light.
  • Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings, fire pans, or mound fires.
  • Keep fires small. Only use sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand.
  • Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely, then scatter cool ashes.


Respect Wildlife

  • Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them.
  • Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health alters natural behaviors and exposes them to predators and other dangers.
  • Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely.
  • Control pets at all times, or leave them at home.
  • Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or winter.


Be Considerate of Other Visitors

  • Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience.
  • Be courteous. Yield to other users on the trail.
  • Step to the downhill side of the trail when encountering pack stock.
  • Take breaks and camp away from trails and other visitors.
  • Let nature’s sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.

Visit our Homepage to learn more about Leave No Trace program.

Copyright: The following are a selection from the Leave No Trace
Seven Principles. © 1999 by the Leave No Trace Center
for Outdoor Ethics: http://www.LNT.org.

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