Where is Belly of the Dragon?
Belly of the Dragon is located only 16 short miles from the beautiful Kanab, Utah area, and only 20 miles east of Zion National Park.
This place is definitely one for the books. Easy to get to and breathtaking to see, people of all ages can take this short walk to see this epic view.
Chances are, if you’ve been to the Kanab area, you probably drove right over it and didn’t even know!
Belly of the Dragon is a cave-like tunnel that is actually man-made!
It was originally created to divert water under HWY89, but over time, drainage from upper canyon water flow has carved the walls and created a picturesque rippling tunnel of sandstone, now known as Belly of the Dragon.
Side note that has no real importance: if Jessi were to rename Belly of the Dragon, it would be “Aladdin’s Cave of Wonders”.
“WHO DISTURBS MY SLUMBER?”
“It is I….”
Nevermind. I digress.
Getting to Belly of the Dragon
It’s a super easy and quick walk along a dirt trail from the parking lot to the entrance of the Belly of the Dragon.
And when I say short, it’s SHORT.
Only 0.5 miles out and back.
Once you get to the entrance of the tunnel, you’ll scramble down a couple of rocks to get on the carved tunnel trail that goes under US Highway 89.
It’s fairly easy to scramble down into this area. If you have small children or feel nervous, just have someone go down first and grab your hand. You’ll be just fine young grasshopper.
Once you get to the cave opening, you can simply wander and explore until your heart is full, or your blood freezes.
I say “blood freezes”, because it was a perfect 60 degrees getting down to the tunnel.
Once I entered the tunnel it was probably around 30 degrees.
Talk about SHOCK and awe.
You can see the literal light at the end of the tunnel.
GO TOWARDS THE LIGHT.
(All of the puns intended.)