Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area, Escalante

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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.
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  • This hike is often rated easy. I think it's more accurate to say that it's moderate. It's a really fun hike, but the trail is often covered with soft, somewhat deep sand. The last third of the...  more »
  • This was one of the few hikes in the area where we didn't feel completely exposed to the sun. It's an easy, mostly level hike on a paved path to a gorgeous waterfall. Bring snacks, pull up a rock...  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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