Lower Calf Creek Falls -- Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Lower Calf Creek Falls is found at the end of a 2.8 mile hike. The falls and the trail are on the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The trail head is about 15 miles northeast of the town of Escalante. (Nate Carlisle | The Salt Lake Tribune)


See an oasis in the desert — literally. The trail head is found next to Calf Creek. After a short distance, the trail winds away from the creek, but returns to it at 1.85 miles. At 2.1 miles, you’ll find a meadow with green grasses and shade trees. The well-marked trail stops at the falls, which stay robust year around.

Getting there: The trail head is next to the campground in Calf Creek Recreation Area. From the town of Escalante, drive east on State Road 12 for 15 miles. Or, from the town of Boulder, drive west on S.R. 12 for 12.5 miles.


-- Nate Carlisle

Region: Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Destination: Water fall

Distance: 5.6 miles

Time: 2 hours

Elevation Gain: 147 feet

Dog Allowed: Yes

Restrooms: Yes

Biking: No

Difficulty: 1


First published 2011-05-08