Lower Calf Creek falls is one of the most popular, beautiful hikes in Southern Utah. It is a true oasis in the desert! A nearly 130-foot waterfall awaits you at the end of a scenic out-and-back trail. Located along Highway 12 only 25 minutes away from Escalante Yurts, the 6.7 mile round trip hike is a family favorite worth visiting in every season.
This well marked trail in the Grand Staircase National Monument is a sandy, mostly flat hike with 866 feet total elevation gain and a few sections of slickrock. Stunning striped Navajo sandstone walls tower on either side of the trail. This Utah bucket list hike takes you through time – look for the Fremont era pictographs on the wall opposite the trail near trail marker #9! (A brochure with more information is available at the trailhead). Enjoy your adventure in nature off the grid – there is no cell service in this spot of the Grand Staircase National Monument.
During warmer months, the waterfall serves as a refreshing swimming hole. There’s plenty of space for a picnic or mid-hike snack as you enjoy the view. Wildflowers, blooming cacti, and lush greenery line the trail. You might even see a little lizard or two!
The cooler season in Southern Utah is the best time to visit if you want to avoid the crowds from the Mighty 5 National Parks. The autumn leaves glisten in the canyon during Fall months and the mix of snow crowning the red rocks is not to be missed. The waterfall flows all year!
Finding the trailhead: from Escalante Yurts, travel East on Highway 12 for 17 miles until you spot Calf Creek Recreation Area. The scenic drive is paved the entire way. There are restrooms at the trailhead and they request a $5 fee with a payment dropbox near the restrooms. Be sure to get there early to snag a parking spot!
Situated between Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon, this is the perfect addition to any National Parks trip – and so is a night or two in our luxury yurts! Book your stay today and check out more hikes in the area at www.escalanteyurts.com