Lower Calf Creek Falls Trail

MODERATE 234 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.

DISTANCE
5.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
561 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

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.

Great hike with very few people. Camped and I was the only one there for the night.

hiking
28 days ago

1 month ago

Beautiful trail with breathtaking views of the red rock and surrounding greenery and of course the waterfall. Walking through six miles of sand was tiring but it’s not technically difficult and the views are well worth it. Hiked this trail in mid December and it was perfect- one chillier places in the shade but had to take off layers in the sun and absolutely no one else around for miles.

1 month ago

Super accessible. Only took about 2 hours with myself and my dog. Next time will bring my trail runners. Will make a good short run! Get here at sunrise and you’ll miss most if not all other hikers.

walking
1 month ago

start early - trail is sandy and gets HOT in summer, and is CROWDED on weekends. lovely falls, bring a swimsuit. be sure to take a trail guide at the trailhead or you may miss some pictographs and granaries along the way. parking is $5 but covered by the Interagency Pass (formerly Golden Eagle Pass)

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is sandy and gets hot so bring some water. The waterfall is worth the hike and wonderful to soak your feet or take a dip in so keep that in mind if you want to get wet.

hiking
1 month ago

Breathtaking views all along this easy mostly flat hike and the finishing at the falls is worth every steps! Takes about 3.5hrs with photo breaks! It is very popular. Parking can be tricky.

hiking
2 months ago

Was an excellent trail leading to a beautiful waterfall. Was 6.5 miles round trip but only took 2 1/2 hours because it is fairly level. Small parking lot that filled up even though it is November and cool out.

2 months ago

Moderate hike with a lot of neat scenic stops (take a guide trail map or you'll miss the petroglyphs!). It is always awesome to end a hike at a waterfall and this one does not disappoint. We love this trail and would definitely do it again!! It's worth going early in the morning to enjoy this piece of solitude without a large crowd!

3 months ago

Great hike. Beautiful waterfall. Autumn colors were splendid. Five stars!

hiking
3 months ago

Pretty good hike. Sandy in a lot of parts. Busy, even for a fall weekend.

hiking
3 months ago

Wow, this hike has it all! Went in early September in the afternoon, and it was hot. No worries, plenty of creek water to wet your shirt and face as you go. Amazing gorge walls the entire hike. Truly an oasis when you reach the waterfall. Also, temps at the falls must have been 20 degrees cooler, which was wonderful. Swam a bit...very cold. Only one drawback, 60% of the hike is in sand, which is a bit annoying. Will definitely come back.

hiking
3 months ago

Okay trail going in and coming out but the falls and pool are beautiful. Can have some slick spots if snow or even some rain.

3 months ago

Nice trail, nice views, interesting terrain. Hiked in fairly early and enjoyed the place mostly to myself. Hiked out noonish to lots and lots of people headed in, asking if it's much father and is it worth it. If you're not a hiker and not prepared for it, a 6 mile hike at high noon in the desert isn't probably an appropriate choice for you. Plenty of running water along the trail for dogs.

hiking
3 months ago

I hiked this trail in mid March and it was such an amazing hike! It was somewhat cold but not too bad so that definitely made it great, the trial is super easy to find and the parking lot is decent sized. You do have to pay for parking and it’s cash only so note that before going. The hike is somewhat long but not very uphill at all so it’s definitely worth the length and time you put into it. The waterfall is beautiful, definitely worth the hike to and probably super fun to swim in when it’s hot out! If I ever visit Utah again I definitely will hike this trail again!

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely loved this trail. One of my favorite things I did on my whole trip to southern Utah. Parts are really annoying as you hike in sand that at times gets a tad deep but the scenery is beautiful and the waterfall at the end is amazing. Definitely do it if you’re in the area. It’s not really hard.

hiking
3 months ago

One of the best trails! Challenging in the rain! Gorgeous waterfall at the end but dress warmly-- windy at the waterfall. Use a walking stick for sure.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a great hike....not too hard and definitely worth the effort. The waterfall is beautiful...plan to spend some time there.

4 months ago

Amazing hike. easy.

4 months ago

Awesome trail despite some of the comments about the sand. It's mostly hard sand but there are a couple of places you feel like you're walking on a beach. It's going to get all over you so just accept it up front.

Scenery is beautiful (red rock, wild flowers / cactus, water vegetation, etc.). Waterfall at the end is amazing! The pictures don't do it justice. It's the most beautiful and peaceful spot. Water was cool but not tools cold if you want to go in.

I would definitely recommend this hike and do it again.

Note I did the hike at almost 3 in the afternoon after a day of hiking. It's hot. Most of the trail isn't covered but there are places that are covered or shaded. Bring plenty of water. It took me maybe an hour out and back.

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