LENGTH: 9-12 hours (16 miles)
GEAR: 15 m ( 50 ft. ) Rope, Ascending Gear
RAPPELS: 1 - 15 m ( 50 ft. )
WATER: Generally little or none except crossing the Dirty Devil River which is usually knee deep or less, unless during spring runoff or afterrecent rains.
FLASHFLOOD: Moderate, but you can see thedrainage and skies on the approach.
SEASON: Any, although summers can be hot, and the trail slippery and difficult to find with snow on the ground.
Happy Canyon is an amazing place, with a long approach. Due to the approach and relatively short canyon section, this is an adventure I would highly recommend to hikers with a little bit of technical experience. Hardcore technical canyoneers are likely to be disappointed with the long approach. Happy Canyon is a hike many people underestimate! Many have had to turn back well before reaching the canyon or end up returning in the dark. Be prepared for a long day. Those with a high clearance 4x4 or ATV may be better-suited hiking to Happy via Poison Spring. It is a much shorter hike, but with a more difficult road to the trailhead.
The canyon itself is one of the most scenic on the Colorado Plateau. It is often compared to Antelope Canyon near Page, a fair comparison in my opinion and is a must see. Photographers will be dazzled by its changing lines and light at every corner. It seems there is no bad time to visit for lighting, as it meanders enough to let light in different sections throughout the day, but I think midday brings out the richest colors.