Hiking to Hidden Haven Falls is a popular hike near Parowan, Utah. This short hike is perfect for kids and dogs to hike to, especially when it’s hot outside. At only 2 miles round-trip, this hike is somewhat shaded and a perfect hike to do if you are visiting the Brian Head or Cedar Breaks area. The flat trail leads to a beautiful waterfall flowing from Benson Creek. Be sure to wear water shoes, as it is unavoidable to stay dry, especially in Spring when the falls are raging. During summer and fall it becomes a trickle, and is not as impressive, but you can stay dry. There are also several picnic tables 10 minutes from the falls, so plan to have lunch along the creek!
From I-15 near Parowan, UT take exit 78. Stay left on HWY 274, then turn left again on Center St. Reset your odometer here, and drive 5.8 miles where you will see a large white sign on the left side of the road that says, “Parowan Canyon Wildlife Management Area”. Park here.
Here’s a driving map.
Distance: 2 miles RT
Elevation gain: 130ft
Time: 1 hour
Dog friendly? Yes, off leash
Kid friendly? Yes!
Look for the giant sign and park here. I kept Charlie on leash in the parking area because its along the main road leading up to Brian Head. I let him off once we got on the trail.
The trail is very flat and half shaded. You can hear the creek off to the right.
Within 10 minutes cross the first bridge. Charlie was pretty hot and wanted to get in ASAP to drink and cool off below.
When you see the first bench, if you turn right you will reach the amphitheater. Stay straight to skip it and save yourself 5 minutes.
We accidentally went to the amphitheater first. I had him back on leash because we wouldn’t stop eating the grass on our hike. We realized we took a wrong turn and went back to the creek to reach Hidden Haven Falls.
You know you are going the right way if you are following Benson Creek the entire time.
Cross a 2nd metal bridge.
Reach an open, picnic area. This would be a good place to stop for a snack with the kids. Stay straight.
You’ll reach the creek again, and this time, drop down to the water.
Kids will need help with the hop down. If you haven’t put on your water shoes yet, now is the time.
One more section kids will need help with, and dogs may need a boost. The rock is kind of slick so be careful.
Ooh what a cool grotto! Now the fun begins where you can just walk through the creek or climb over the rocks.
And just around the corner, you can see Hidden Haven falls!
He was so happy to be in the water and cooling off! Me too, the water felt great on my feet.
Whoo-hoo what a fun little hike to this amazing waterfall!
I really liked this hike and can’t wait to come back! Just a heads up in the summer and fall the Falls become a trickle of water. Spring or right after a rain storm is the best time to visit to see the falls in full volume.
Trail map – to shave off 5 minutes skip the amphitheater and continue following the creek.
(kid & dog friendly!)
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