There’s a great waterfall just outside Parowan that was really fun for our kids. Though the hike is somewhere between easy and moderate, we took 11 children ages 1 to 13. They all had a great time. The Hidden Haven Waterfall hike is an easy length at 1 mile to the waterfall (making it 2 miles roundtrip), but there is some scrambling up the channel in a few spots that require adult help.
- Rating: Easy to Moderate
- Distance: 2.0 miles RT
- Elevation Gain: 275 feet
- Dog-Friendly: Yes
Between 5 and 6 miles up Parowan Canyon, there is a large pullout on the left side of the road. This is more of a parking lot than a pullout, and there is a fence with a sign for Hidden Haven. The trail starts at this parking lot and turns down to the left along the road. In fact, it follows along the road for the first 1/4 mile.
The trail is narrow and rocky, but there are no major obstacles for the first half mile. This hike walks in and out of the shade, and even crosses the creek on a bridge. We saw quite a few birds, as well as some squirrels and chipmunks. Our favorite sighting was a hummingbird in its nest. It was so neat!
Eventually, the trail splits with the right fork heading uphill to the amphitheater and the left fork heading over to the stream. Make sure to stay left toward the dry creek bed. We started heading up to the right, but quickly turned around once we saw the amphitheater. Follow the stream bed.
The trail walks along the stream bed, and after a little while there is water in the stream. Soon the trail passes through a campground with some picnic tables. After you pass the picnic tables, you will need to climb down into the channel.
This is where the scrambling begins. The trail straddles the stream and several crossings are required, but it isn’t more than ankle deep, and we found plenty of sturdy stepping stones. As you draw closer to the waterfall, a few large boulders require you to climb over or around, but it was mostly pretty easy, even for our little ones, though we did offer hands to help steady them. The rock scrambling added to the adventure of this hike.
Finally, the trail opens up and a tall waterfall comes into view. Hidden Haven Waterfall is a beautiful cascade because the water free falls its way to the rocks below. You can even get right up close for a shower if you like. This is definitely one to add to your waterfall list. We’ve added it to our List of 35 Waterfalls in Utah.
From I-15 take exit 75 or 78 for Parowan depending on which direction you are coming from. Head east into town. When you reach the corner of Center and Main in Parowan, set your odometer. Then, drive 5.8 miles up Center Street into the canyon until you see a large pullout area with a white sign on the left side of the road that says, “Parowan Canyon Wildlife Management Area”.