Lower Calf Creek Falls
What Makes It Great
After picking up the helpful trail map at the onset of the hike, you’ll note nearly a dozen points of interest along the way (as if a 126-foot waterfall wasn’t enough). Along the three miles to the falls, you’ll pass two granaries, beaver dams, and a mighty pictograph on the wall opposite the canyon, to name but a few points. Hike over red rock and through sand, and, if timed in accord with the seasons, see bountiful wildflowers flourishing along the trail — a perfect picture opportunity.
The hike can be long and challenging at times due to deep sand. Because of the nature of the canyon, as you pass around corner after corner, you might get the “Are we there yet?”s, but fret not, the sites along the way, and the majesty of the desert-varnished Navajo sandstone cliff walls are plenty to tide you over until reaching Lower Calf Creek Falls.
The waterfall unto itself is a sight to behold. Streaming down more than 100 feet along mineral-stained sandstone, the water appears to radiate in its clarity. Mists from the long falls sprays revelers and not only helps to make the alcove a cool haven for people but also for the densely-packed greenery.
There is a pool for swimming at the base of the waterfall. During summertime, especially on weekends, the area can resemble a waterpark with families jam-packed into the small space — so keep that in mind as you plan your trip.
After soaking in the water and cooling down, it’s easy to want to have a picnic or a snack and peer at the waterfall for a while before returning back the way you came.
What You’ll Remember
The feeling of craning your neck to view the top of the 126-foot falls; how the cool mist refreshes you after the long, hot hike down the path; your yelp as you dunk yourself into the cold, cold water; how you never wanted to hike back to the car.
Who Is Going To Love It
Kids and dogs will love the swim the most, and you can often hear children giggling and yelling with joy as you approach the falls. But, really, who doesn’t love looking at a majestic waterfall? This trail offers activities everyone will enjoy.
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