Local Hikes

Canaan Mountain Wilderness Area is surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscape in the world. Surrounded by 7 national parks, visitors are drawn from all over the world. Many people are happy to find that Canaan Mountain Wilderness area is as stunning as the parks around it. Below is a list of popular hikes with links to hikers guides.

Water Canyon, Canaan Mountain Wilderness Area

Joe Braun’s Guide

The American Southwest Guide 

Hiking the Serene Skunk Canyon

Skunk Canyon is a relatively short hike, but is one of the best the area has to offer. While it may prove difficult to reach by vehicle, as it is on the east side of Short Creek with no clear road, it can be reached on foot with relative ease. To reach the hike, follow […]

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Hiking Eagle Crags

One of the things I love most about Southern Utah and Northern Arizona is the full range of lands available for exploration. While the National Parks and Monuments have trails that are well maintained and marketed, BLM and Forest Service lands tend to be a little more rugged and less traveled. Eagle Crags is one […]

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Hiking Cottonwood Point

The Cottonwood Point Wilderness Area is another one of the lesser known and traveled spaces in the Short Creek Area. It borders the better-known Canaan Mountain Wilderness Area, which is where the Water Canyon and Squirrel Creek Hikes are. Due to the rugged terrain and limited trail or road access, few venture into the area, […]

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Water Glyphs of Arizona Strip

The Arizona Strip is host to a vast horde of archeological treasures. With a keen eye, it is commonplace to find signs of the ancient civilizations that called the area home for thousands of years before the first Europeans stepped foot here. The hostility of the terrain leads one to question why there are so […]

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Exploring Dutton Pass

After traversing a good portion of the immediate area, I have become accustomed to the way features of the landscape appear from particular perspectives. After going on the same hikes, over and over again, it is easy to formulate a static picture of how the land and its features are oriented. I love finding hikes […]

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Squirrel Canyon Hike

The most traveled hike in the area is the Water Canyon, but it is not the only one. The Canaan Mountain Wilderness area is a vast parcel of land, and there are several routes to access it. One of my favorite routes is through Squirrel Canyon. The BLM has recently improved the trailhead with signage […]

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Mushroom Canyon

If you are looking for a quick and relatively easy hike, I have just the place for you. I have heard this place referred to as Mushroom Canyon, but it is not labeled on a map. It is in the Little Creek Mountain area, which is the mesa that sprawls westward and south from the […]

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Mollies Nipple and an Amazing 360 Degree View

Crude, perhaps, but also descriptive is the name Mollies Nipple. This is a prominent landmark in the area, and interestingly, not the only feature in southern Utah to bear the name. I am talking about the feature overlooking Hurricane, Utah, a short drive from Hildale, Utah. This hike offers spectacular 360-degree views overlooking Warner Valley, […]

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Antelope Cave

In a 1974 publication of the Kingman Daily Miner, an article by Roman Malach details a trip to Antelope Cave, which is located south of Colorado City, AZ, on the Arizona Strip. The author of the article was led to the site by two Colorado City locals, one of them a law enforcement officer, and […]

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Candy Cliffs of Yant Flat

Southern Utah is a place of inexhaustible adventure possibilities. Indeed, that is what attracts millions of people from around the world each year. Most flock to the iconic landscapes of the major national parks and monuments, and deservedly so. I must display my privilege here. I am blessed to have over-familiarized myself with some of […]

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