One of the prettiest waterfalls in the region is Lower Calf Creek Falls in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, a 1.9-million-acre hiker’s paradise in south-central Utah.
The stunning 126-foot-high falls cascade over moss-draped red rock into a deep, refreshingly cool pool. The falls mark the end of a fairly easy and level 2-3/4-mile-long developed hiking trail that mostly follows Calf Creek.
The trailhead starts at the Calf Creek Campground, located between the towns of Boulder and Escalante on State Highway 12. A brochure available there, points out things to watch for along the way, such as petroglyphs left by ancient cultures. It takes about 45 minutes to reach the falls.
For details, visit Calf Creek online at utah.com/hiking/calf-creek-falls.
Interested in camping nearby? Check out KOA campgrounds in Utah.