Water Canyon- Hildale
Water Canyon hike spans the backside of Zion National Park and features stunning views of a flowing stream, sheer vermillion cliffs, and a natural drinking water spring at the top of the trail! This local treasure is considered one of Southern Utah’s hidden gems and rewards hikers with a small, tranquil waterfall (especially after a desert rainstorm).
Water Canyon Road, Hildale, UT 84784
The trailhead begins near Water Canyon reservoir. The road to the trailhead is dirt and often very sandy or muddy. An SUV, side-by-side, or other 4WD vehicle is recommended. Use this map for directions to the trailhead.
- The trail is developed by foot traffic only and does not have signs, railings, or other indicators.
- Trail type: out and back.
- The BLM manages this hike.
- This trail is free and open to the public with no admission cost!
- This trail is not wheelchair accessible.
- There is one restroom at the start of the trailhead.
- Dogs are welcome on this trail if they are on a leash.
- There is no cell service through the canyon! Be prepared by packing water, snacks, and hiking shoes.
- Although this trail is relatively family-friendly, it is rated as moderately strenuous and is not recommended for children under 6.
- To hike to the waterfall and back, plan on roughly 3 miles round trip and 650 feet of elevation gain.
- The information above is for the basic Water Canyon hike that ends at the waterfall. Many hikers choose to continue past the waterfall to reach White Domes. Expect steeper inclines and a further distance if you continue past the waterfall.
- For more information regarding canyoneering and rappelling, refer to this website.
- If there has been a flash flood warning, do not attempt this hike!