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water in the desert
Hunter Canyon trail is an out-and-back hike along perennial Kane Creek. There are sandstone cliffs on both sides of the canyon. The trail winds through cottonwood, willow, and tamarisk trees, on a dirt or sand path. There are several bedrock sections with pools of water. You can stay in the creek bed or follow the path that crosses the creek occasionally.
Parking at the Hunter Canyon Campground, the trail passes several BLM tent campsites. Hunter's arch is to the right, about a half-mile into the canyon. The canyon walls provide some protection from wind. It might be too warm to do this one in the summer unless cooling off in one of the pools. The last set of pools is about 1.75 miles in, which would be a good turnaround point. The trail continues another half mile or so to an intersection with another canyon. We didn't go quite that far, turning around at a brush-choked spot.
This riparian area makes for a nice contrast to the typical desert hike found near Moab.
Check out the Official Route and Triplog.