Stretch your legs and soak up Utah's astounding natural beauty at Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area. The towering waterfalls are the highlight of the rocky park, with the lower tier reaching 38 m (126 ft) and the upper tier plunging from 27 m (88 ft) further up. Most visitors to the area walk the lower-tier trail, a moderate 8.6 km (5.5 mi) hike traversing mainly sandy paths, while the more adventurous can scramble the extra 1.6 km (1 mi) to reach the upper falls. There is a dearth of amenities, so make sure to bring plenty of snacks and water. Take a break and refuel at one of the picnic tables provided. Add Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area and other attractions to your Escalante trip itinerary using our Escalante day trip planning site.
Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area Reviews
We first took our kids to Calf Creek when they were 8 and 6 and they made the hike easily as there is not much elevation gain, just a long sandy slog. We have been back a couple times since, most... more »
wonderful hike with some wild life sightings. Easy to find with plenty of free parking at the bottom of scenic HWY 12. Some Billy goating involved a a few chances to make a wrong turn or two but... more »
This was our first hike since arriving in Escalante UT. It did not disappoint. If you are just driving through or spending the night you can accomplish this 6 mile hike (3 mile out and back) in less than 4.5 hours. The payoff is Worth It! Do it! It is a fairly sandy hike so choose appropriate foot gear. There will be sunny and shady sections of the trail. Do take plenty of water (3 liters per person). Do use sunscreen. Do wear a broad brim hat. Do take a camera. Do wear a bathing suit. You will want to get in that pool! You will remember this little jaunt for a long time.
Very awesome hike, everyone I talked to said it was extremely difficult I felt like it was as easy as walking down the street. Pretty flat trail the whole time. A couple of sandy spots in the beginning. Scenery was magnificent the entire trail and the falls at the end are beautiful. Also be on the lookout because you can spot Native American petroglyphs along the Canyon walls. would recommend early morning start or evening and bring enough water.
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