Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area, Escalante

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Stretch your legs and soak up Utah's astounding natural beauty at Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area. The towering waterfalls are the highlight of the rocky park, with the lower tier reaching 38 m (126 ft) and the upper tier plunging from 27 m (88 ft) further up. Most visitors to the area walk the lower-tier trail, a moderate 8.6 km (5.5 mi) hike traversing mainly sandy paths, while the more adventurous can scramble the extra 1.6 km (1 mi) to reach the upper falls. There is a dearth of amenities, so make sure to bring plenty of snacks and water. Take a break and refuel at one of the picnic tables provided. Add Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area and other attractions to your Escalante trip itinerary using our Escalante day trip planning site .
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  • October 4, 2017
    Entrance located off highway 12. Saw some people parking prior to entering (on shoulders) but we went in and paid the day use fee ($5). Lots of parking inside and on that day there was quite a few car...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    The walk is a flat 3 miles each way, so can be done in 3-4h. I'd advise to do this in the morning at this time of the year to avoid the afternoon thunderstorms! We saw a lotta people getting trashed w...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    Reasonably easy 3+ mile (total) hike to a cold and loud waterfall. $3(?) parking fee. Trail into the waterfall skirts a wetland area in the canyon. We saw a large blue heron, various other birds, chip...  more »
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  • April 18, 2017
    Totally worth the hike! Gorgeous waterfall at the end and a couple little places to stop along the way and cool down the dogs in the stream. Dogs must stay on leash at all times. Please don't ruin it for everyone. Keep them on leash and pick up after them! Small parking lot, but we found parking on the side of the road. Even though the lot was full, it still felt quiet and peaceful on the trail. Grab the paper guide in the sign in box for an extra thing to do while you hike.
  • May 31, 2017
    Really enjoyed the hike- we did upper calf Creek trail which is different than the main hike. You can do the hike in an hour round trip. Had to stop on way back a few times so save some energy for the return.
  • July 8, 2017
    Beautiful hike with great variety of terrain. It's 6 miles round trip with native americanartifacts to see along the way. The water level at the waterfall is enough to go for a dip.
  • June 23, 2017
    Relatively short hike, about 2.5 miles round trip, it is however pretty steep to get back. The falls are underwhelming after seeing the lower falls, but there are some really great swimming holes up stream a short distance.
  • June 20, 2017
    The hike to Lower Calf Creek is quite sandy (loose sand), and it was very warm in early June. The water and the view at the falls were perfect, though. Well worth the hike.

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