Calf Creek Falls

Calf Creek Falls near Escalante, UT


This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars
5 miles
3hours
easy
Hiking
Summer, Fall, Spring
Escalante, UT
User wanderlust
A scenic, pleasant amble through wide canyons to a beautiful cascade flowing over navajo sandstone. The best part is, no matter the heat, the shadowy bowl the falls is located in is always cool... the hard part is leaving.

The trail begins at the north end of the campground, with the only ascent (and a moderate one) very early on. The trail skirts the western edge of a large canyon for its entirety, with glimpses of the river below and ever-changing canyon walls and valley bottoms. A large portion of the route, especially beyond the 1/2 way point, is sand - which makes going a little slower and more taxing.

You'll notice the landscape growing greener as you approach the falls, and once you hear the muffled roar, you're minutes away. There is a gorgeous pool at the base of the falls, and on super-hot days nobody will blame you for walking right under the stream. The area of the falls almost looks like a movie set. It would be worthwhile to pack cards and a picnic and linger there until the coolness of evening for the trek back to camp.

Directions:

South of Boulder and North of Escalante on Utah route 12 is Calf Creek Rec area, with a gorgeous river-side campground. Park at the designated lot and walk north about 400m, the trail is marked and easy to spot on your left heading upwards.

Dogs are welcome at the campground and on the trail.

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