Lower Calf Creek Falls Trail

MODERATE 143 reviews

Lower Calf Creek Falls Trail is a 5.7 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.

5.7 miles
882 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips





wild flowers


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.

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4 days ago

Spectacular hike, amazed by our surroundings. Blown away by the waterfall. From the parking lot 7 miles. Suggest starting at sunrise, to get to the waterfall and have time to take it all in. This allows your hike out more enjoyable!

8 days ago

Start between 7-8 am during summer to walk 3 miles into the back valley with more shade before sun comes over the rock walls. Also to get a parking spot. There are many sand patches but leave your hiking shoes on because of rocks and twigs. Don't miss the petroglyphs and rainbow trout. The waterfall is beautiful surrounded by a tall half dome of rock. This is a desert oasis at the end of trail. Water is freezing, record was 3 minutes someone could withstand chest deep

9 days ago

Wonderful hike through a desert canyon. The reward at the end is breathtaking. Bring plenty of water. I suggest a minimum of two liters. Go early to avoid the crowd.

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15 days ago

A must see! The entire hike is gorgeous and the landscape keeps changing, the waterfall is quite impressive too. One of the highlight of our trip!

16 days ago

It's so worth it. If you reading this now and you feel pumped.. just go do it.

17 days ago

18 days ago

The trail is very sandy and makes for a good leg workout. Scenic the entire hike. The waterfall is one of the prettiest I've ever seen, green with moss. A lot of people were swimming in the water and hanging their hammocks at the falls. Be warned the later in the evening the bugs come out in droves. We practically ran the trail back to avoid them at 4pm.

19 days ago

19 days ago

Great hike!

19 days ago

20 days ago

We just hiked this with a 6, 4, and 1-year-old. It was long but so worth the hike! The waterfall is breath-taking and there are gorgeous wildflowers along the way. Make sure to get the pamphlet at the trailhead to know what the checkpoints are all about, we didn't know until we finished! We also determined that the people in flip flops had less-sore feet because the trail is so sandy. We even walked barefoot part of the way! So many fun rocks and things to see along the way if you take your time!

beautiful wild flowers! make sure to bring lots of water and a snack maybe even your swimming suit! :)

24 days ago