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 hiked the lower falls in August and hit the trail around 930. I clocked about 6.4 miles from the parking lot and the hike took 2:50 plus we spent about 20 minutes at the falls. It was an awesome... more »
This hike is 3 miles into the lower Falls and then three miles back although you're hiking 90% on Sand it is a bit more difficult than normal hard-packed trail. The trail is very scenic but make sure.... 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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