Kane Creek Canyon

Moab, Utah

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The trail winds back and forth across the floor of Kane Creek Canyon and crosses Kane Creek many times. It then climbs rapidly up the narrow end of the canyon, providing some terrific photo opportunities and a few small challenges. Officially this canyon is called Kane Springs Canyon, but most people refer to it as Kane Creek. I don’t recommend you drive this trail during the hot summer months when biting flies become a problem. This trail is on the borderline between moderate and difficult. Stock vehicles with skid plates can get through although some experience is necessary. Tight brush, in a few places, will rub against the sides of your vehicle. Avoid this trail during periods of heavy runoff as stream crossings may be too deep. There is a high shelf road as you near the end of the trail. Backing may be required to pass. Be aware of the possibility of flash floods in the narrow canyon. Route-finding is easy except for a brief spot at the beginning. Although there are spur roads that depart into side canyons, the main trail is obvious most of the way.
Guide to Moab, Utah Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails

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Guide to Moab, Utah Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails

by Charles A. Wells (FunTreks)

The trail winds back and forth across the floor of Kane Creek Canyon and crosses Kane Creek many times. It then climbs rapidly up the narrow end of the canyon, providing some terrific photo opportunities and a few small challenges. Officially this canyon is called Kane Springs Canyon, but most people refer to it as Kane Creek. I don’t recommend you drive this trail during the hot summer months when biting flies become a problem.

This trail is on the borderline between moderate and difficult. Stock vehicles with skid plates can get through although some experience is necessary. Tight brush, in a few places, will rub against the sides of your vehicle. Avoid this trail during periods of heavy runoff as stream crossings may be too deep. There is a high shelf road as you near the end of the trail. Backing may be required to pass. Be aware of the possibility of flash floods in the narrow canyon. Route-finding is easy except for a brief spot at the beginning. Although there are spur roads that depart into side canyons, the main trail is obvious most of the way.

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Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 13.6
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Season: Best in spring and fall
Local Maps: USGS Moab, Troughs Springs Canyon, Kane Springs
Driving Directions: Directions to Kane Creek Canyon

Recent Trail Reviews

3/31/2008
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Fun trail. Has a little bit of everything. A lot of stream crossings and through trees. The last bit of the trail has a loose rock climb that would be hard to do without lockers, but it can be done. Be ready to make this climb if you are going to do the whole trail. The hard part is in the last mile and if you don't do it you will have to back track about 16 miles to get out.


3/17/2005
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We trekked Kane Springs Canyon on ATV’s and found it to be a fun ride. There are several areas that are challenging for intermediate riders, and just a couple of areas that can only be passed by advanced riders. 2WD ATV’s should be able to make the trip as there are ways around the tough areas; but, I recommend having a winch work through them instead (~20” rock steps). The multiple water crossings is what make the journey as fun as it is; there are even portions that the creek running directly on the trail for a way. The trail is very narrow in spots allowing the ATV to just fit. This is a trail worth recommending to others!



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Apr 2018