The Amphitheater is a gorgeous sloping rock destination with water trickling down the sandstone walls and a stagnant pool called “Amphitheater Lake” which is fed by springs seeping out of the cliffs. Reaching the Amphitheater by hiking on the Short Creek Canyon trail is enjoyable and flat, but the trail is also popular with ATV’s, horses, and mountain bikers. This trail is perfect for packing a picnic and lounging at the Amphitheater for a few hours to soak up the views. Plan on a tranquil environment to be rejuvenated by nature!
Use this map for directions from Hildale to the Squirrel Canyon Trailhead.
Begin at Squirrel Canyon Trailhead and follow the creek bed. This trail continues past the Squirrel Canyon turn.
- This hike is 4.5 miles round trip and is an out-and-back trail.
- If you are seeking a more adventurous route, this trail can connect with the Water Canyon trail, Squirrel Canyon Trail, and The Beehive. Look for signs and markers indicating the alternative route.
- Reaching the Amphitheater is considered moderately challenging, but only gains 288 feet in elevation, which makes it mostly family friendly.
- Dogs are welcome on this trail.
- Be prepared for a very sandy trek to the Amphitheater and bring an extra pair of socks to change into after hiking. Alternatively, try walking barefoot on this trail and practice grounding!
- The trail is in the creek bed and doubles as an ATV trail so be aware of other adventurers and practice safety.
- Be mindful of weather conditions when hiking this trail. The creek bed may be muddy, dry, or covered in ice, depending on the time of year.
- Keep an eye out for bighorn sheep and other wildlife!