Lower Calf Creek Falls

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah 84716

Distance2.9mi
Elevation Gain2,044ft
Trailhead Elevation5,356ft
Top5,623ft
Elevation Min/Max5355/5623ft
Elevation Start/End5356/5356ft

Lower Calf Creek Falls

Lower Calf Creek Falls is a hiking trail in Garfield County, Utah. It is within Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. It is 2.9 miles long and begins at 5,356 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,044 feet. The trail ends near the Lower Calf Creek Fall attraction. There is also a water near the end of the trail.

Lower Calf Creek Falls Professional Reviews and Guides

"This trip is one of the premier day hikes in the Escalante region— and for good reasons. The excellent self-guiding nature trail is easily accessible from scenic UT 12. In addition, a pleasant campground located at the trailhead, a spectacular cliff-bound canyon, a perennial stream featuring beaver ponds and abundant trout, and a memorable veil of whitewater—one of very few active waterfalls in the southern Utah desert, plunging into a cold, deep pool—combine to make this trip a must for any hiker visiting the region.

From the day-use parking area adjacent to the picnic site, follow the paved road north through the campground for 0.2 mile, following signs pointing to the trail. Just before the road dips down to ford Calf Creek, the prominently signed trail heads left up the west slopes of the canyon."

"This well-developed trail is suitable for the whole family, although the distance may be too long for children, so be prepared to carry them. Calf Creek is a wonderful perennial desert stream, supporting a diverse wildlife population. Keep your eyes open for the beaver ponds along the way.

In the mornings and evenings you may spot wild turkeys in the canyon. Other wildlife include cougar and many species of birds. From late June to mid-September, the hike is hot, but the falls gives off a cool mist and breeze year round. In spring and fall, it’s a good idea to have a jacket along, but on a hot day the cool mist will be welcome and the large plunge pool at the base of the falls makes a great place for a picnic or a cool swim."

"This trip is one of the premier day hikes in the Escalante region, and for good reasons. The excellent self-guiding nature trail is easily accessible from scenic UT 12. In addition, a pleasant campground located at the trailhead, a spectacular cliff-bound"

"The tallest waterfall in southern Utah at 126 feet, and easily accessible from State Route 12, Lower Calf Creek Falls gets a good amount of traffic. Regardless, Lower Calf Creek is highly recommended due to the beauty of both the trail and the falls.

As well as viewable ancient ruins and rock art along the way (binoculars are useful, as they are well off the trail). Trail brochures are available here, and you should pick one up, as its details will add depth to your enjoyment of the hike."

"Calf Creek Falls is one of the busiest trails in the Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument. Following the creek the entire way to the falls, it is one of the few dog-accessible cool spots with year-round water in Grand Staircase–Escalante. The lush riparian habitat provides an oasis in the vast desert. This five-star hike is the best easy day hike within miles and miles."

Lower Calf Creek Falls Reviews

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7/21/2010
Tried to do this hike yesterday, but found out the trail is closed until at least mid August. Campground is also closed.
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4/18/2010
Easy trail. Boring for the first 1.5 miles. The waterfall is amazing. To me it was paradise. My 6 and 9 year old loved the waterfall and the pool of water. There was also a little sandy beach to play on. I got into the water it was refreshing.
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9/16/2008
The promise of the Falls is a great motivator. To do this trail during Summer into early Fall maybe a little nuts. The Trail is almost completely in the full sun and be forewarned that you'll need at least a quart of water per person. For the most part the trail guides you through some unbelievable scenery and along the river. The trail can be a bit treacherous and slow because of the sandy soil. Round trip is about 6 miles and well worth it at the Falls. The Falls is beautiful and around 120 feet tall. Stay left on the trail and you won't miss the trail.We lost he trail for a bit by going to the right along a crest. We saw where we blew it and got back after walking for a 1/4 mile.
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4/13/2008
Everyone must do this hike once. It's like walking on the beach, easy hike. But can be hot.
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7/5/2004
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8/6/2003
This was a great trip with my 2 eight year old grandsons. The trail guides gave them a great education of the area and their enthusiasm to find the next marker and learn what was to be seen showed the success of this trail. The waterfall at the end of the trail was just an awesome and fitting climax to a great hike. I am taking this hike again soon, with 3 grand daughters.
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5/31/2002
This is truly one of the best kept secrets in Utah. The scenery driving to the trail is breathtaking and the trail itself is beautiful. I hiked this trail based on a review in another publication and was very surprised at what i found. This was not a leisurly stroll by the creek as was described. It is a "family" trail but is long, up and down, and the trail is loose sand for most of the 6 mile route. This can be grueling for smaller children or the parent carrying them. The falls at the end (midpoint - since it is in & out) is one of the nicest and the water cold and refreshing. Don't take your smaller kids on this one unless you are in good shape, you have plenty of water, and you run the beach in Florida regularly. Otherwise it is one of the best you will hike - certailny on of the most scenic. We saw deer, beaver, hawks, otter.
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Trail Information

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Nearby City
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Fishing, Hiking, Camping
Additional Use
Views, Waterfalls
Features
Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument
Local Contacts
USGS Calf Creek
Local Maps