Summary: The 3 rated Kane Creek Canyon trail offers 60 water crossings in an otherwise thirsty and desolate area.
Location: Take Kane Creek Road leaving Highway 191 by McDonald’s in Moab. Stay left at the junction where the Hurrah Pass trail forks off to the right. Kane Creek Canyon borders the “Behind the Rocks” area on the south between the Colorado River and Highway 191.
The Trail: Trail winds back and forth across Kane Creek for its entire length. Erosion eats away at the trail but, so far, repairs have kept it open. The canyon is wide at first, but soon narrows and the road drops into the creek. The deep canyon is beautiful from end to end but changes significantly in character from the bottom to the top end.
Once in the creek, you can’t get lost too badly, but you certainly do get confused at times. This part of the canyon is constantly changing, so look hard for makers and try to stay on designated route. The trail was ran after several days of heavy rain and one of the worst storms possible the night before. Surprisingly, it was finished the trail in 5 hours, but it was truly an adventure of a lifetime. As the trail dries out and more people drive it, it gets easier to follow, but it’s always a challenge.
Creek crossings and more creek crossings are the order of the day on this trail. Watch out for a sudden heavy rain that can make the crossings impassable. Also watch out for quicksand. Toward the upper end are some high rough cliff wall sections that are attention getting. POLICE ESCORT