The Halls Creek drainage is a large beautiful canyon bounded by the high cliffs of Hall Mesa on the east and the steep slickrock slopes of the Waterpocket Fold on the west. Numerous side canyons beckon the hiker with sufficient time for exploration. The highlight of the hike is the 3-mile (4.8 km) Halls Creek Narrows, a classic example of a "slot canyon" which so typifies the canyon country of southern Utah. Deeply incised into the white Navajo sandstone, it is hidden, secret, and mysterious. A trickling perennial stream and deep shade from the arching canyon walls create a cool, moist oasis in the midst of the surrounding desert. The route is largely unmarked, so carrying a topographic map is recommended. The route is extremely hot in summer. Water can usually be found at the Fountain Tanks and in The Narrows. Use caution in narrow canyons particularly during the flash flood season (typically July-September).
From the Halls Creek Overlook, the total round trip distance is 21.9 miles (35.2 km) and is best done as a 3 to 4 day trip. Backcountry permits are required for all overnight trips and can be obtained at the visitor center.
Best seasons for hike: Spring and fall.
Halls Creek Overlook to canyon bottom: 1.2 miles (1.9 km)
Bottom of Halls Creek Overlook Trail to beginning of narrows: 7.5 miles (12.1 km)
Narrows: 3.0 miles (4.8 km)
Return to beginning of narrows via Hall Divide: 1.5 miles (2.4 km)
Total round trip: 21.9 miles (35.2 km)