Grotto Falls Trail

EASY 183 reviews

Grotto Falls Trail is a 0.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Santaquin, Utah that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
0.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
164 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Grotto Falls trail follows a small stream and curves its way through the forest crossing stream on large timbers put in place by the forest service. At the end of the trail you are greeted with a beautiful water fall cascading into a small pool of water, surrounded by steep rock walls.

hiking
15 days ago

Gates are still closed, but most hikers park at the Red Lake trailhead and work their way up. Trail can get muddy and slick with melting snow the closer you get to the falls, but isn't difficult to navigate. Bridge at the very end right before the grotto is no longer there — we had to get our feet wet to actually explore the cove. Google Maps has a good GPS marker for the trailhead if you're worried about getting lost on the way there.

27 days ago

I would do this hike again, it's very easy. short and sweet, the actual falls are tiny but pretty.

2 months ago

Beautiful trail but avoid it on holidays!!! Seems like the whole state decides to hike the grotto when they’re out of school!

2 months ago

We went just a couple weeks ago in the snow and it was beautiful! It is a lot longer with the snow because you have to park about 2 miles away from the trail head but it was worth the hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy and scenic hike got all ages. Carried my one month old here and was fine.

5 months ago

Awesome. Easy to hike, even covered in snow.

hiking
5 months ago

So beautiful

5 months ago

We have done this hike multiple times and it is always enjoyable with the whole family.

5 months ago

This place felt almost magical like in a storybook. The cavelike structure wrapping around the waterfall was breathtaking. Very serene and tranquil. Spent 4hrs here and hated leaving. The drive was very pretty as well.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice trail well maintained, clean and a very easy walk good for all ages and abilities.

6 months ago

very cool, easy little trail, fun for kids great for dogs becaues had water the whole way up.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful falls at the end. Easy for the kids 2 & 4 to complete.

hiking
6 months ago

Super short easy hike with 6 kids (ages 2-11). They had fun exploring. Leaves are crazy awesome right now! Too short for the distance we drove...tacked on part of another nearby hike.

6 months ago

Short but beautiful changing autumn leaves, meandering stream and lovely little grotto.

6 months ago

It was really pretty but way too many people and short.

7 months ago

Very short and easy trail with a beautiful waterfalls

hiking
7 months ago

Such a great little stroll! We took her dog and she absolutely loved the stream along the trail and all the interesting smells! Highly recommended. I wish it was a little longer.

hiking
7 months ago

Easy trail with little obstacles along the way. The Grotto offers a handful of fun angles for photographers.

7 months ago

Perfect for little kids. Quick hike with lots to explore

7 months ago

super short but fun. really crowded but worth it.

7 months ago

So many people in such a little space. It would be 5 stars if it were a little less crowded. Beautiful area and very easy 5 minute walk with a cute tree bridge.

hiking
8 months ago

Had fun taking my grandkids. Quite busy today though.

8 months ago

Beautiful trail with many side kick trails to the streams. Great places to divert from the main trail. Very short and easy but gorgeous falls with pond below to splash in.

hiking
8 months ago

This was a short but sweet hike! Too like 15 minutes round trip. The fall are very cool, the trail is easy and beautiful! Lots of bridge crossings on the stream.
Great for little kids.

hiking
8 months ago

Exactly as promised - little kid friendly. Also dog friendly. Heaven help you if you're there with owners who let their dogs run. You'll get wet and knocked over. Bit crowded, but if you're patient, it thins out. Enjoyable short walk up to a beautiful waterfall.

8 months ago

An amazing little surprise!

hiking
8 months ago

Short hike with a cool Grotto and waterfall. Easy hike for families with small children. Very pretty

hiking
9 months ago

Short, goes a little uphill. The Grotto was smaller than I expected, but still pretty to see. Expect your feet to get wet at the grotto portion. We went on a Saturday and it was crowded at the end. Recommend going on a weekday. Drive up Payson Canyon was beautiful.

hiking
9 months ago

Great, short hike to a pretty waterfall. Very busy place.

hiking
9 months ago

Fun and very kid friendly. We went on a Sunday and it was packed. Had to wait for parking. It is a fun little trail with a pretty water fall.

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