Hiking Willis Creek Trail

Hiking Willis Creek slot canyon in the Grand Staircase Escalante

Willis Creek slot canyon is located outside the gates of Kodachrome Basin State Park. Unlike some other canyons in this area, Willis Creek is very easy to explore, with no obstacles of any kind, just a flat, stony streambed enclosed by shapely, delicately colored walls of Navajo sandstone.

Our toughest challenge was getting to the trail head. Skutumpah Road – the unpaved route between Johnson Canyon and Cannonville, was recommended to use a 4wd.

Driving down Skutumpah Rd. was a scene out of a cowboy ? movie

We drove our Nissan; albeit, several sharp turns had the car fishtailing near steep cliffs. My adrenaline was pumping by the time I pulled into the trail head.

Willis Creek flows a long way, from the base of the Pink Cliffs in Bryce Canyon National Park through high country at the edge of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

We met cowboys ? leading a herd of cattle down the road

Hikers will have to cross this stream numerous times; however, the creek is only several inches deep so walking ?‍♀️through the stream is cause us no issues and was fun. All ages will enjoy this hike. Alway check conditions before going into a slot canyon-flash floods can happen anytime.

Robin’s favorite part of drive – seeing cowboys

The trail is an out and back. We walked to the balanced rock in the middle of the slot canyon and then returned. I estimate we did about 4 miles round trip. If you become tired ? just turn around. Bring water because summer heat can be hot ? but there is a nice break from the heat inside the slot canyon.

Willis slot canyon hiking through the sandstones

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Several springs ensure its waters flow year round, and just after the crossing of the Skutumpah Road – the unpaved route between Johnson Canyon and Cannonville, the creek enters a moderately deep gorge and passes through several short but very beautiful sections of narrows.

Queen Robin ? on her thrown

Occasional small waterfalls form where the floor drops over small chokestones, and the canyon has several quite lengthy curving, narrow passageways, nicely illuminated when the sun shines, and always very photogenic. We came across a young lady taking nudes in one of these waterfalls. She covered up and we continued hiking ? but this hike is secluded and not as popular as Zion so no fear of large crowds.

Entering the narrows of Willis Slot Canyon

Money saving tip: Buy the annual national parks pass. The National Park Pass will also allow access to all the national monuments. The cost is $80. If you plan on being in any of the National Parks more than three times within a year then you will save money. The pass will sometimes allow discounts to camping in the National Forest ?. There’s also discounts for seniors which can be applied against camping threw out America. Other discounts apply so please read the eligibility which can save you more money. We estimate we saved over $600 in park fees. It may not save one money on this hike but a trip to Bryce Canyon or Capital Reef should not be missed when in this area.

Climbing into the slot canyon to walk Willis Creek

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Great hike for all ages

I did not write this – but WOW does it speak to my heart!!!  Worth the read.

Barely the day started and… it’s already six in the evening.
Barely arrived on Monday and it’s already Friday….

and the month is already over….

and the year is almost over….

and already 40, 50 or 60 years of our lives have passed….

and we realize that we lost our parents, friends.
and we realize it’s too late to go back…

So… Let’s try, despite everything, to enjoy the remaining time…

Let’s keep looking for activities that we like…

Let’s put some color in our grey…

Let’s smile at the little things in life that put balm in our hearts.

And despite everything, we must continue to enjoy with serenity this time we have left.

The canyon is not as deep as Narrows in Zion but still impressive

Let’s try to eliminate the afters…

I’m doing it after…

I’ll say after…
I’ll think about it after…

We leave everything for later like ′′ after ′′ is ours.
Because what we don’t understand is that:

Afterwards, the coffee gets cold…

afterwards, priorities change…

Afterwards, the charm is broken…

afterwards, health passes…

Afterwards, the kids grow up…

Afterwards parents get old…

Afterwards, promises are forgotten…

afterwards, the day becomes the night…

afterwards life ends…

And then it’s often too late….

So… Let’s leave nothing for later…

Because still waiting see you later, we can lose the best moments,the best experiences,best friends,the best family…

The day is today…

The moment is now…
We are no longer at the age where we can afford to postpone what needs to be done right away.

Now go wonder, or is there an “after” in the way?

The landscape and views walking into Willis Slot Canyon

The drive to find Willis Creek trailhead is worth the drive. The hike is easy and worth the effort. Now go wonder.

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Willis Creek Trail

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