Grotto Falls

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Length: 0.6 miles out and back
Difficulty: Easy

Description: This hike leads to a very pretty little waterfall, located along the Nebo Loop Scenic Drive above the town of Payson. The trail is wide and easy, with log bridges placed at stream crossings.

The Nebo Loop is renowned for its fall colors, and this is a great fall hike. It's also very nice throughout the summer. Deep snow closes the road during winter.

To reach the trailhead from the north, follow 600 East in Payson as it goes south into Payson Canyon. This becomes the Nebo Scenic loop Road. Signs show the way. The trailhead is about 7 miles up the road. (You can also reach the trailhead by driving north on the loop, from Hwy 132 east of Nephi.)

Grotto Falls
The trail dead-ends at the waterfall. If the weather is warm then wade into the spray - it feels so nice. Return the way you came in.


Here is my KSL TV Video/Interview on Waterfall Hiking...

I did this interview on Monday, April 5, on Studio 5, KSL TV, Channel 5. Join us this spring to hike to many of the waterfalls that you see on my blog!

Hidden Treasures

• Mt. Timpanogos - MANY impressive waterfalls, too many to mention today Donut Falls - The most popular waterfall hike along the Wasatch Front
• Some of my favorite lesser-known "Hidden Treasure" Waterfall Hikes
• Spring hiking is Waterfall Season! Waterfalls in Utah are spectacular considering Utah is the 2nd driest state in the US.
• Five hikes featured today are all day hikes and are under 4 hours RT
• Over 100 waterfalls are worth seeing in Utah

TWO spectacular waterfalls with hardly any hiking (5 - 10 min. of walking)

• Bridal Veil Falls - up Provo Canyon
• Upper Provo River - Uinta Mountains

Lisa Falls

• Wasatch Mountains
• Little Cottonwood Canyon
• This canyon has more traffic due to two ski resorts
• No dogs allowed
• Trailhead is unmarked
• Kid and Family Friendly
• Easy boulder scrambling
• Kids love this trail because of the boulders
• 5 - 10 minute hike, one way
• 1/10 mile in length, one way
• Short, semi-steep trail
• Fun to play in water - depending on the spring runoff
• View up close - depending on the spring runoff
• Boulder hopping
• Popular rock climbing/repelling area
• Lots of Giant Granite Rocks
• Waterfall comes off a sheer granite slab
• Directions: The trailhead is located between mileposts 6 & 7. Look for a small parking area on the north side.
• Lisa Falls is 2.5 miles down the canyon from White Pine Trailhead, located on the NORTH side of the road.

Rocky Mouth

• Wasatch Mountains
• South of Little Cottonwood Canyon
• Hidden trail in a neighborhood (find the catwalk between two homes)
• Kid and Family Friendly
• Wooden stairway on the first part of the hike
• Rocky, steeper trail on the second part of the hike
• Cool Cave area & giant boulders near the waterfall
• 1 mile RT
• Trailhead is hidden between 2 homes (look for the catwalk) in a neighborhood.
• Park on Wasatch Blvd. only - Don't park in the neighborhood
• Fun to play in water
• View up close - depending on the runoff
• Boulder hopping
• Park on the EAST side of Wasatch Blvd. at approx. 11300 South, in a small gravel parking lot with a sign that says "Rocky Mouth".
• Directions: At the intersection of 9400 So. & Wasatch Blvd, continue south 3 more miles on Wasatch Blvd. Watch for an LDS church on the RIGHT. Park just south of this church, on the EAST side of the road. Walk up the wooden stairs, uphill in the neighborhood. Keep your eyes open for a catwalk between two homes on the east near the mountain. Follow the steep trail to the waterfall.

Stewart Falls

Incredible Tiered 100 ft. waterfall
Located on the Alpine Loop between Provo and American Fork Canyons
About 1 hour drive from SLC
Back side of Mt. Timpanogos
Trailhead in the Aspen Grove Parking area
Kid and Family Friendly
3.6 miles RT
Fee area (around $3)
Hiking time: 1 ½ to 2 ½ hours RT
Late spring hike due to Avalanche Danger
310 ft. elevation gain
Easy path - mostly on the Sundance Resort Private property
Dirt trail
View up close depending on the spring runoff
Directions: From SLC, head south on I-15 to Orem, exit 272, 800 No. At the bottom of the ramp turn LEFT, proceed EAST on UT 52, toward Provo Canyon. At 3.7 miles, take left ramp to US 189. Continue for 7 miles to UT 92, which is the first left after the tunnel. Continue up UT 92. Pass Sundance and Aspen Grove Family Camp on the left. Pass the Forest Fee Booth at 4.6 miles and enter the Aspen Grove trailhead parking lot on the left.

Farmington Creek Canyon

Wasatch Mountains
About 45 min drive north of SLC
Partially shaded
Enjoy a quiet trail
Moderate Hike
2.6 miles RT to the Waterfall (go a little further to reach Sunset Campground)
Dogs on a leash are allowed
2 - 3 hours
Trail comes within 50 ft. of a broad waterfall
Watch for wildlife
Watch for two old cars that plunged over the cliff nearly 50 years ago.
Beautiful, green, lush, thick foliage part of the way

Lower Calf Creek Falls

4.5 hours drive from SLC (268 miles from SLC)
130 ft. waterfall
Cold water to swim in
Surrounded by Sandstone cliffs
6 mile RT hike
Walking in Sand
Bring Extra clothes for swimming
Southern Utah area
Between the towns of Escalante and Boulder
Dogs not recommended due to hot sand
Amazingly BEAUTIFUL!!!
Moderate Hike
Start early. In the spring and summer this hike is hot by 11 am
Indian Petroglyphs along the way
3 - 4 hour hike RT

Slick rock shallow creek along part of the way Lots of Green Foliage all the way to the Waterfall Hidden treasure out in the middle of nowhere
Bonus: Travel through Dixie National Forest and plenty of other breath taking scenery to get there! Directions: Head South on I-15. At Scipio, turn left on US 50, At the Aurora Sign, turn Right on UT 260, Follow the signs to Sigurd, Turn Right at UT 24, Stay on UT 24 until you arrive at Torrey. Turn Right on Scenic All American Highway 12. 48 miles to the entrance of Calf Creek Recreation Area (between milepost 75 & 76). Follow the paved side road (approx. 200 yards) to the day-use parking area and trailhead
NOTE: The trailhead contains an information kiosk and a modern restroom. A small fee, approx. $2, is required to park in the day use area and is payable at the information kiosk.
Camping is available near the trailhead. The BLM maintained campground contains 13 sites available on a first come first served bases. Camping cost: Approx. $7.00/night.

Safety Tips

• Spring creek run off in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons is HIGH
• Stay on the trails
• There is safety in numbers when hiking
• Dress in layers
• Wear good shoes with traction
• Don't count on your cell phone for communication. Most cell phones don't have reception on many waterfall hikes.
• Always tell someone where you are going and when you will return

What to bring:

• Water Bottle (1 - 2 liters)
• Back Pack
• Healthy Snack i.e. Trail Mix, fruit
• Sturdy Shoes w/ good traction
• Towel
• Extra clothing including socks
• Camera

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Bullion Falls, near Marysvale, Watch this video!


2010 should prove to be spectacular at the Bullion Falls. Sam Steed of the Rocky Ridge Resort believes we will have a very rare opportunity to see the Bullion Falls in its full splendor and glory due to tremendous snow pack we have received this winter. Sam will be attempting a photography expedition to the Falls April 24th and again on May 1. If you would like to join Sam you can contact him at the Rocky Ridge Resort 1-877-766-0654.

Bullion Falls, near Marysvale

• Bullion Creek flows into the town of Marysvale, coming out of a canyon where mines did in fact produce a significant amount of gold
• From US Hwy 89 in the middle of town, follow Center Street east into the canyon. Park at the bridge just below the old miners park and then hike along the north side of the creek
• Come to an overlook where you can see the stream plunge down a two-step waterfall
• Hike to the pool and you'll feel the power of the stream as it comes down a 50-foot cliff above you and then tumbles down a dizzying precipice into the canyon below

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Red Butte Garden Waterfalls, near Downtown SLC


Red Butte Garden Waterfalls, near Downtown SLC

• Can access the Garden via TRAX
• 300 Wakara Way Salt Lake City, Utah 84108
• Award winning Terrace Gardens, which contain Herb, Medicinal and Fragrance gardens
• Rose Garden, Four Seasons Garden, Creekside Gardens, Water Pavilion, and waterfalls

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Fifth Water Waterfalls, Hot Springs in Diamond Fork Canyon, near Spanish Fork

Fifth Water Waterfalls, Hot Springs in Diamond Fork Canyon, near Spanish Fork

• Natural hot spring with a series of natural and man-made pools of varying temperatures
• Located near Spanish Fork, Utah, about 10 miles south of Provo or 55 miles south of Salt Lake City
• Most people reach the Fifth Water Springs from the Three Forks Trailhead
• It is a 2.5-mile hike to the pools and the trail is a gradual uphill climb nearly all the way to the springs
• Driving Directions to the Three Forks Trailhead
• Follow I-15 south (from Salt Lake City or Provo) to the US-6 exit. Go east on US-6 approximately 11 miles and take a left turn into Diamond Fork Canyon. Follow the windy canyon road about 10 miles until you see a sign on the right side of the road for the Three Forks Trailhead. From west US-6 take a right into Diamond Fork Canyon.

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A few more waterfalls


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Battle Creek Falls, near Pleasant Grove, Utah

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Battle Creek Falls, near Pleasant Grove, Utah

• Battle Creek Canyon offers a unique experience for all visitors, providing a wide diversity of terrains, vistas, and elevation changes
• Climbs along a beautiful cascading stream to Battle Creek Falls
• Water drops hundreds of feet and sprays a cool mist to nearby travelers
• A breather pipe above the falls splashes bursts of water for children to play in
• Just above the falls, numerous trees provide shade for a quiet rest before the return hike
• This scenic waterfall is located on the eastern edge of Pleasant Grove. Follow 200 South east to the park at the end of the road. Then just hike the easy trail that follows the streambed. It is dry down near the park but picks up water after a short distance.
• Distance from trailhead to falls: 0.57 miles, 1.8 total miles
• Elevation Gain: 519 feet

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Adam's Canyon, Ogden area

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Adam's Canyon, Ogden area

• Very popular hiking trail in Davis County due to its accessibility and the scenic beauty of the beautiful 40 foot waterfall at the end of the trail
• You will climb over 500 feet in the first half mile
• After you cross the shoreline trail you will drop some to the creek level then you will rise about 800 additional feet over the next .8 mile
• Dogs are allowed
• Distance: 3.5 miles round trip
• Duration: 2–3 hours
• Elevation gain: 1,238 feet
• Skill level: Moderate
• Trailhead: To find the trail head take hwy 89 north to Layton, turn right on East 1200 North road then immediately turn right on Eastside road. Near the end of eastside road you will see a dirt parking area. This is the trail head parking.

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Zion National Park, Southern Utah, just a few of the many waterfalls during and after a rainfall

Zion National Park, Southern Utah, just a few of the many waterfalls during and after a rainfall

Emerald Pools, Zion National Park

• The most popular trail in Zion Canyon is to the Emerald Pools - two picturesque ponds along a tributary stream a short distance along a side canyon west of the river
• Follow a stream up past a sheet waterfall to the Emerald Pools
• In summer large crowds climb up to the first of the pools, take a few photographs and hurry back down without seeing any of the smaller, more hidden ponds or the large mini-lake further up, at the foot of another, much higher waterfall.
• The Trails: Cross the Virgin River via a footbridge, the path splits into the two routes, leading to the lower and middle pools; the former is the most popular as the gradient is gentler and the trail more shaded, running beneath large cottonwood trees. This follows first the river then a tributary stream, ascending to a wide overhang beneath a curving cliff face, where several elongated waterfalls flow from the pools above. The path passes behind the cascades, which create pretty rainbow-like light patterns if the sun is appropriately oriented, although the water flow dries up almost completely during summer. A short, brisk climb completes the 15 minute walk to the first pools (0.6 miles). The stream feeding them flows from the overgrown hillside beyond, through other sheltered, tree-lined pools and small waterfalls between a jumble of boulders. There is no trail past this section, but scrambling up the streamway is easy enough.
• Upper Emerald Pool: Rather fewer people continue to the upper pool - another half mile along a steeper, rockier trail with an additional 280 foot elevation gain. Beneath a high cliff of colorful, streaked Navajo sandstone lies a large pool, deep enough for swimming most of the year, a practice once allowed but now prohibited to protect water quality and aquatic life. During winter and spring a powerful waterfall cascades 150 meters into the upper pool though in summer this dries up completely.

Weeping Rock, Zion National Park

• Weeping Rock is one of the top attractions of Zion Canyon, and may be reached by a gentle, paved, quarter mile trail
• The rock is an eroded, bowl-shaped cliff face where water seeps out from the junction between two different sandstone strata (the Navajo and Kayenta layers) creating a year-round spring that nourishes hanging gardens of moss, ferns, grass and wildflowers

Other waterfalls are located in Zion NP, and especially during rainstorms nearly any cliff can be turned into a waterfall. So even if it is raining make sure you take your camera with you!

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Provo River Waterfall, Uinta Mountains

Upper Provo River Falls
• Uinta Mountains
• Three, large, impressive cascades!
• A Forest Paradise!
• 60 minutes EAST of Salt Lake City
• Great picnic area
• Excellent fishing
• Short hiking trail
• Kid and Family Friendly
• Easy boulder scrambling
• Fee area $3
From Kamas, Utah follow Highway 150 east for 24 miles to the signed Provo River Falls parking area located at mile marker 23.9.

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