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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  • Nice hike in a fairly large canyon. Beautiful waterfall on arrival, in an impressive site. Hot in the canyon, fresh in the fall!
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  • The Meandering Canyon is quite scenic. Wildlife are all around. We saw a few deer, and some unusual birds in the stream. We hiked this trail in the winter when there was frozen ice in the stream, and ...  more »
  • Amazing hike, beautiful waterfall. The temperature was around 117. We had taken plenty of water and started early. Best to be off trail by noon, or spend all day at the waterfall and hike out in the e...  more »
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  • Did this hike in sunny 70°F weather and couldn't imagine doing it in much hotter weather! The hike through the canyon was awesome, and the falls at the end we're definitely worth it. Lots of sand to hike through, I'd recommend going early to beat the heat or later in the afternoon when most of the trail will be more in the shade. You cross near the water a lot, which our dog loved since she could cool off.
  • WOW!! This waterfall is amazing! This hike is amazing! It is long and a little difficult if your not the avid hiker but well worth it. Took 4 hours for my Crew to hike (slowly) there and back and we stoped for about 30 minutes to view the waterfall.
  • Nice, relatively flat hike through the desert. Falls are spectacular and worth the trip. Perfect for wading at the end as well.
  • This is a beautiful hike and a must if your in Escalante. I would agree that it is a moderate hike and it's not just due to the sandy trail. You may not gain a lot of elevation on this hike but the trail has a lot of ups and downs and climbing over rocks. The waterfall is worth the hike!
  • This hike is easy, we saw a lot of families in the trail. Beautiful hike with a wonderful waterfall at the end. We were in the shade most of the hike (we started at 3 pm in Feb) so it got a little chilly.
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