||Lower Calf Creek Falls HikeUtah is rich in great places for families to go hiking, and the very finest family hike available in the whole state has got to be the trail along Calf Creek. I just could not believe how much I liked this hike.Start at Calf Creek Campground, between the towns of Boulder and Escalante on Hwy. 12. An interpretive brochure is available at the trailhead and lists 24 different stops, each with a different story.Most of the hike follows the clear waters of Calf Creek, which runs all year long. You’ll pass beaver dams that create crystal clear pools reflecting the blue Utah sky, an excellent rock art panel and marshes – all before encountering the falls.
The beaver dams and marshy areas are called riparian areas. They are rich in both plant and animal life.
You will hear the falls calling for a while before they come into view. The sight is well worth the wait: Water cascades 126 feet over red rock and green moss, forming a large pool with sandy shores.
The hike is five and a half miles round- trip with little change in elevation, making it perfect for the whole family. It takes most people about 45 minutes to get to the falls, but once there, you’ll want to stay and enjoy them for a while. Plan three to four hours to make the trip and really enjoy the falls.