Lower Calf Creek Falls Trail

MODERATE 333 reviews

Lower Calf Creek Falls Trail is a 5.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Boulder, Utah that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
521 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no shade

Calf Creek Falls is one of the most well known and unique features in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The trail follows Calf Creek to the 126' high falls. The hike is 6 miles round trip and takes average hikers 3-4 hours. Elevation change on the trail is minimal, but the trail is sandy and walking can be strenuous, especially in hot weather. In contrast, the falls provide a delightfully cool, shady haven which makes the hike well worth the effort.

2 days ago

so its a good trail, not a hard hike, but also probably not the 5.5 miles, its more like 7.5, my wife and i both enjoyed it but we both have Fitbits that say between 7.5 and 8 miles, we talked to several people while there that had fitbits and similar devices that said the same thing as well, it is a good and beautiful hike, and worth it, but be ready for a real hike thats a bit more than a quickie. worth stopping to take a lot of pictures, its like zion and moab combined!

hiking
7 days ago

That is definitely worth the hike start to finish! B. Beautiful canyons and the waterfall is spectacular

hiking
9 days ago

Nice and easy trail to a beautiful waterfall. The sands gets hot in the afternoon, so be careful with pups! The trail intersects with the creek a handful of times throughout the hike, should be plenty for the pups to drink and cool off. Pretty busy.

beautiful trail! took 1 hr 8 min to get to the falls. it was gorgeous. trail is generally flat with not much elevation gain. there are markers on the trail and it goes up to 14. $5 to use the trail (honor system). parking lot can get crowded. we went at 830 am and it was empty when we left and crowded when we got back.

hiking
11 days ago

Just a classic hike that you must do when you are in the area. If you go early it’s cool, but you have a lot of people. If you go in the afternoon it will be hot but there also Wong be as many people on the trail. Also, if you have a dog please control it’s barking.

hiking
15 days ago

Loved this hike. It’s hot and there were only a few areas my dog could go off trail to the water to cool her paws. Closer to the falls there was shade and the temperatures decreased a lot. The falls were beautiful and the water was cold. Very refreshing after the long hike. My kids and dog enjoyed the reward of splashing in the pool. Lots is cactus

hiking
28 days ago

This was an easy trail with amazing views! Definitely a few hot spots, but plenty of shade as you get closer to the falls. We started our hike relatively early (around 8am) and only saw a few other people on the trail and at the waterfall - lots of people coming in as we were hiking back out a little after 9am though, so definitely recommend getting an early start to avoid the crowds!

hiking
muddy
29 days ago

Did this in January. Saw two other people. Summer can be busy. Muddy and wet but great waterfall.

The trail is easy and has a lot to look at. The surroundings of the rocks give a great place for shade if you need to rest on your way to the waterfall. There is small shoots of bamboo that speckle through the ground that make this hike a lush place for any adventure. As for the waterfall, it is gorgeous and cold! I challenge who ever reads this to jump in all the way! Good luck and have fun!

hiking
1 month ago

We loved it! Bring tons of water & plenty of food/snacks. It gets hot really quick. Expect a crowd & go early to get a parking spot.

1 month ago

Great trail, we started at 1:00, done at 4:00. Shade on parts of the trail. Waterfall was beautiful. Well worth it. Easy to Moderate for walking.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike to beautiful waterfall! The crystal clear stream can be seen during the hike! Be sure to grab the trail guide when signing in....14 points of interest are explained! Including pictographs! Amazing!

hiking
1 month ago

Gradual hike over sand and rocks to an incredible waterfall. Dog friendly which made for a great late afternoon hike with our 9 year old pup. Definitely make sure to have a lot of water and sunscreen as large portions of the hike are unshaded and can be strenuous in the sand. Would absolutely come back and do this hike again. We left around 3pm and it wasn't nearly as crowded as it had been in the morning (according to some campers). Would like to come back and try in the early evening to hit sunset on the trails. Took roughly 2.5-3 hours

hiking
bugs
no shade
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

This is a relatively flat, sandy trail with beautiful panoramas the whole way. I started around noon, which was fine for April, but would recommend starting earlier in the summer because of the limited shade. The waterfall is breathtaking and more than worth the relatively short hike.

hiking
1 month ago

crowded. many dogs. but breathtaking views.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike in sunny 70°F weather and couldn't imagine doing it in much hotter weather! The hike through the canyon was awesome, and the falls at the end we're definitely worth it. Lots of sand to hike through, I'd recommend going early to beat the heat or later in the afternoon when most of the trail will be more in the shade. You cross near the water a lot, which our dog loved since she could cool off.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this trail 4/3/19. Very pretty hike. There are some interesting tidbits about the region and the trail features within the guide (available at the trailhead) and clearly marked with item posts throughout the trail. The route is pretty easy and family friendly - not much climbing or maneuvering, but there are a few areas of stepping down or over rocks or roots. Near the waterfall the trail became quite muddy, but only for a short segment. Not much shade on the trail - sunscreen and water are good companions for this one. The waterfall is gorgeous. Not sure what I was expecting but photos don’t do it justice.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

Great trail. Probably gets pretty crowded in the high season. Relatively flat but lots of sand and sun so more tiring than you expect.

1 month ago

The waterfall at the end is breathtaking. The hike to the falls is sandy and flat. We are happy we went the end of March because it would be extremely hot in the summer. Would recommend getting there early (we started at 9am) to find parking and avoid the crowds!

hiking
1 month ago

Great, easy going trail. Make sure you wear sand friendly shoes; my tennis shoes have a mesh top and I had sand filled shoes by the time we got to the falls. Could have probably gotten by with just my Tevas. Went on a Friday around 10am and it wasn’t very busy, which was great! When driving out of the Grand Staircase/Escalante region on that Sunday, we passed by this area and the parking lot was PACKED. Happy we were able to do it on that Friday and the waterfall was absolutely beautiful! Can’t beat the red rock views along the way.

hiking
1 month ago

We love this trail! We took our 5 and 7 year old over spring break and the conditions were perfect. The parking lot is small so get there early to avoid crowds and have cash on you, there is a $5 day use fee.

hiking
1 month ago

The hike is actually 8 miles from what my Garmin registered, elevation was in the 600s. Trail is great, sandy most of the way with some parts rock. Seen people of all ages on the trail. Be sure to sign the book and get a brochure on the sign post, it describes what you are seeing. The picturegraphs are really neat. Waterfall area wasnt what I expected but it was gorgeous none the less. Parking fee was $5.00.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely 100% recommended!! Easy and so so so gorgeous!

hiking
1 month ago

Great day hike on the way to capitol

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous hike! The waterfall is spectacular at the end, but the views the entire way were very special. Nice walking in at 8:30; it was packed with people by 1pm.

2 months ago

This trail is long yes, but it's not. hard hike. Its beautiful all the way through.

hiking
2 months ago

Great way to start our spring break. Lots of places to play at the beginning of the hike and great reward at the end. Too bad we can’t get in the water yet. Trail conditions are perfect right now.

hiking
2 months ago

Great easy hike without a lot of elevation gain. Path was clear and dry! Amazing waterfall!!

trail running
2 months ago

Absolutely breathtaking!!! I can't wait to come back in the spring when it's green!!!

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