Lower Calf Creek Falls Trail

MODERATE 207 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
882 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

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

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3 days ago

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

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13 days 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.

14 days ago

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15 days 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.

17 days 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.

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17 days ago

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18 days 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!

19 days ago

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19 days 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.

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20 days 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.

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22 days ago

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

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24 days ago