Willis Creek Zion National Park

New Harmony, Utah

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An extended trip from La Verkin Creek up the Willis Creek canyon with an option to Beartrap Falls. This trail ascends the upper reaches of La Verkin Creek and then passes through the narrow canyon of Willis Creek to reach the park boundary. A traditional access route runs from there to Kolob Reservoir through wooded country, but public access to this route has been closed by the Spilsbury family, which owns some of the land that it crosses. Access to this route occasionally is granted to travelers who obtain written permission from these landowners. For most hikers the Willis Creek Trail offers an interesting side trip from the La Verkin Creek valley, featuring slot canyons that capture all the grandeur of The Narrows without the treacherous wading. There are a number of fords across La Verkin Creek, but all of these are shallow, with a current hardly sufficient to pose a problem.
Hiking Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks

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Hiking Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks

by Erik Molvar & Tamara Martin (Falcon Guides)

An extended trip from La Verkin Creek up the Willis Creek canyon with an option to Beartrap Falls. This trail ascends the upper reaches of La Verkin Creek and then passes through the narrow canyon of Willis Creek to reach the park boundary. A traditional access route runs from there to Kolob Reservoir through wooded country, but public access to this route has been closed by the Spilsbury family, which owns some of the land that it crosses.

Access to this route occasionally is granted to travelers who obtain written permission from these landowners. For most hikers the Willis Creek Trail offers an interesting side trip from the La Verkin Creek valley, featuring slot canyons that capture all the grandeur of The Narrows without the treacherous wading. There are a number of fords across La Verkin Creek, but all of these are shallow, with a current hardly sufficient to pose a problem.

© 2013 Erik Molvar & Tamara Martin/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: New Harmony
Distance: 4.5
Trail Type: Point-to-Point
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: March-November
Local Contacts: Zion National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Willis Creek (Zion National Park)

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