Sulphur Creek Waterfall Hike is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Torrey, Utah that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until September.

Length1.8 miElevation gain180 ftRoute typeOut & back
kid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingViewsWaterfallwild-flowersFeeNo dogs
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Capitol Reef National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $20 per vehicle or $15 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $10 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $35. We hiked from the Capital Reef Visitor's Center to the first waterfall. Excellent wading conditions in ankle to thigh deep water. On the return, instead of hiking the designated route, we followed the creek back to the visitor's center. The next time we plan to hike from the top down to the Visitors Center.

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Mit Bour
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Lots of fun! We started at the visitor center, went to all three waterfalls, then returned to the visitor center. Our GPS says we hiked 6.17miles, but that could be off due to being in a canyon. We started late around 2:30pm, if you aren’t a speedy hiker I wouldn’t recommend starting after 12pm in October. You can make it to the second waterfall without getting too deep (below waist), but we were chest deep to get to the third falls Be careful and move at a comfortable pace. I slipped and got my leg caught between two rocks, which almost made us have to turn around.

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Shaun Shanahan
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Brett Clawson
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Brandon Lee
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Scott Lalor
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HikingGreat!Scramble

Really loved this hike. Brought my eight year old sold and BIL. Left from Chimney Rock. Found the river about 1.5 miles in and then followed the river from there. Hit the top two waterfalls around mile 3. Scrabbled down each of them and did not get too wet. But then cross the narrow section and water was up to chest. Very cold but only that deep for a 10 seconds. Overall we loved the hike, only saw two other groups the whole time. Left around nine am and it only took 2.5 hours. Will certainly be back!!!

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Christian Malmrose
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Hiking

Hiked mid September and the weather and scenery was amazing.

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Matt Huntsman
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kami Huntsman
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we all enjoyed it definitely requires some navigating of rocks and water. kids ages 4-8 all completed the hike with encouragement.

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Jonathan Gordon
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Mountain biking

Fun walk up the stream. Not too cold. Waterfall was too hard for us to climb up (kids 8 and 11), but great trail.

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Gail Wills
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Hiking

hiked sept 2. creek is dried up in most spots , a trickle in other spots, no water fall and the swimming hole was deep puddle, regardless, nice hike along the creek bed and in between a small canyon.

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Jennifer Stansky
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Hiking

Epic hike! Just a short hike brings you to an amazing swimming hole. We spent hours jumping off the rocks and sliding down the waterfall. Definitely do this! If we had more time and energy we would have continued to the second and third waterfalls.

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Holly Cliche
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Hiking

Awesome trail!

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Jenna p
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favorite trail in CRNP! park across from the visitor center, walk under the bridge in the creek bed, and head straight up till you reach the water fall. water was NOT falling when we went but we still had a blast swimming in the pool it left. definitely wear water shoes or sandals and dryfit clothes so you can swim.

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Randy Riddell
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perfect on a hot day. you can Walk in the water the whole way if you want. amazing! lots to see and explore. great swimming hole at the waterfall.

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Caryn Frost
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Great hike on a hot day! Easy hike to carry young kids. Hiked with kids ages 15, 13, 8, 2, 6mo. Plenty of water in the river and at the falls. Lots of people at the falls swimming and jumping.

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Sarah Martens
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HikingNo shade

We walked 1.3 miles in following the dry creek bed and never found a waterfall or any water period. This was on June 21. Not sure what we missed here as reviews say it’s only 1.8 out and back and you hit water about 8/10 of a mile in. We did not find that to be true and we were on course. Maybe follow the specific recording of someone who says they got to water. Other than that it is flat and easy other than trekking through sand/rock mix.

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Sean Moen
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Nature trips

Easy, wet, awesome & so much fun. Took 3 kids - 12, 8 & almost 6 - and it was a breeze. Walked in water the whole time - mostly by choice and strolled all the way to the waterfall & swimming hole. Want to make this one an annual trip for sure.

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Brian Keller
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Hiking

Needed an easy trail since my hiking partner was recovering from a bum knee. Starts behind visitor center . Great hike thru a canyon creek to a small waterfall and large swimming hole about 8/10 a mile. Can scramble up the modest waterfall ( 6 foot) by going up left side to access rest of hike—or start at chimney rock and hike down! Perfect on a day in the mid 80’s with shade from canyon walls and a great breeze!

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Jameson Jackson
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Perfect hike for kids. You can either stick to the trail and cross the river a few times or just walk up the river which the kids preferred. youngest walking was 4 and a 3 year old was carried on and off.

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Jen P
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Hiking

This trail is mostly in the creek, but you can sometimes walk along the side trails. It would be impossible not to get your feet wet though. It’s nice to do in the middle of the day since the water is refreshing and it’s partially shaded. Be careful not to jump if you climb up the waterfall. We saw a teen do it and he broke his leg because the water is too shallow.

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Meghan Lucas
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HikingIcyNo shade

Was pretty bummed with this one. My son and I made it all the way to the river and turned as the trail suggested. We kept going probably a good half mile more and never found the waterfall. The river was iced over in parts of it and was solid enough to walk over pretty easily. The views through the canyon were pretty and it’s definitely more of an easy walk than a hike. We even followed the instructions of other hikers, but never came upon it. It was nice just wanted to see the waterfall. Maybe we’ll try it again in the spring.

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Gary Marks
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Hiking

Nice hike for those of us that are a little overweight, past our prime and not in great physical condition. Take a hiking stick and enjoy! Don't bother trying to keep your shoes dry, the back and forth across the narrow creek is part of the fun. Have fun!

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Desiree Ropel
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Hiking

It was a nice easy walk. The “water fall” was a little lack luster.... I was expecting a big 30 foot fall and this was only 4 feet maybe? Don’t get me wrong it was pretty and the water was refreshing just not what I expected.

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Jesse Gariepy
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Hiking

Awesome shorter hike, only 1 mile to the first waterfall and an enormous pool to swim in! You can jump off the rocks into the pool. Walking through the river in the heat of the day is fantastic. The trail starts right behind the visitor center building.

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Michael Howard
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Hiking

Great walk, you can keep your feet dry, but why bother. We stopped at the first waterfall after staring behind the visitor center. They had flash floods about a week before so the pool at the first waterfall was deep enough to jump into. The child loved walking in the water and playing in the pool, would recommend if you have kids or if you just want to be a kid. We went in August so the water may be a little warmer.

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Kevin Harris
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Hiking

Nice, easy hike. Probably good for kids that like to tromp through shallow and slow moving water. The actual falls is pretty small, but the surrounding rocks make it a good scene.

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Karen Detera
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Hiking

For the 2 mi. RT hike, go to the visitor's center and walk behind the building to Sulpher Creek. We just follow the creek all the way to the waterfall. It's fun for kids to do this hike because they can walk through the water. It's not too rocky and easy for for younger children and older adults. On the way back, we usually follow closer to the trail so we can see the kiln, but your can just follow the stream back if it's hot out. If you follow the trail, it will lead to a small waterfall. There is a rock to the right that is easy to climb and you can walk across the waterfall (hugging/facing the rock), it's pretty easy to get to the top of the waterfall this way. All of our kids were able to do it (ages 3-14). The younger kids will need assistance though. At the top there's a small tank that the kids love to play in. It's like a small pool. And the kids really like sliding down the top of the waterfall into the water. There's usually some fish by the tree roots they can look for too. It's one mile to the waterfall, so 2 mi. RT if you turn back here. You can keep going as long as you want, we tried to look for the second and third waterfall and got 2 miles in, but turned around because we try not to do more than 4 miles RT WITH KIDS because they start to complain too much. The sulpher doesn't really start until after the first waterfall though so if you want to see that, pass the first waterfall. This is our kids' favorite hike at Capitol Reef and they always look forward to this hike so if you have kids, definitely check this one out!

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Jake Schafer
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one of my favoritd trails.

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