I love finding beautiful places to visit with my family. That’s why I was excited when my friend told me about Hidden Haven. Hidden Haven is part of a Wildlife Management area eight miles outside of Parowan, UT. The hike is a short, easy hike, but it is ABSOLUTELY beautiful! There is a 20-foot waterfall at the end of the hike, but it wasn’t very impressive when we found it. But, that’s okay! The hike itself is well worth it.
To find Hidden Haven, travel east out of Parowan Utah on Highway 143. Pass mile marker eight, but before you reach mile marker nine you will see a gravel parking lot on the east side of the road. Pull out there. There is a large sign that says ‘Wildlife Management Area’. I loved this, because it meant that not everyone knew about it! There is a smaller, faded sign that says Hidden Haven, but you won’t be able to see it from the highway.
Now, go through the gate and follow the trail! The vegetation is very lush and green. There are many different types of plants and wildflowers. Our children wanted to see all of the different flowers!
The trail will follow the highway north for while, then it will meet with another trail going south, and turn east. Shortly after you turn east, you will cross a beautiful wooden bridge. We had to stop here and take pictures!
One of the great things about this hike is that it is designed to be an education center. For this reason, there are a lot of things you won’t find on normal hikes. There is an amphitheatre and benches and picnic tables. This is a great place to plan on lunch. Also, it means that there are quite a few trails heading off of the main trail. We followed this rule: The largest trail is the right one. It worked for us. The only spot we had a question was where there are three trails taking off. The one heading south heads up to the mountains somewhere. The one heading south-east heads to the amphitheatre. The one heading east is the one to stay on to reach the waterfall.
The last 200 yards or so of the trail are the only difficult part. You will be heading up, and walking right along the edge of the river, as well as crossing the river a few times. The trail is wet, and it isn’t as marked as the rest of it, but we made it just fine with all of our family, and our friends’ family.
At the top of the trail, you will find the waterfall. There was a small amount of water falling, but it was more a weeping wall. The kids LOVED it. They were able to rock climb and get wet and play, and we weren’t worried about their being underneath the waterfall.
The next time you are in southern Utah, be sure to stop by Hidden Haven! Enjoy the hike. Enjoy the waterfall. Have a great picnic with your family! It is a great recreation spot for the family.