There’s a belief that the name Utah came from the name of the Ute tribe, that means “people of the mountains”, and seeing the magnificent landscape of Utah, giving that name to the state feels appropriate. Utah seems like the land that was carved carefully and patiently by the gods who take their time crafting a masterpiece. This has resulted in heaven for those who are eager for outdoor adventures on their travels. Despite its first appearance that looks dry and hot, Utah is also famous for its waterfalls, so unique and beautiful. If this sounds like something that’s up to your alley, then you need to check out our list of top 10 waterfall hikes in Utah, USA.
1. Battle Creek Falls
Take your family for fun hiking to the Battle Creek Falls, that’s located on the foothills of Mount Timpanogos. The waterfall area is a lovely place to sit, play, or even have a picnic with your family. You can also take your pupper to do the hiking since the track is quite easy to do for dogs as well. To get here is quite accessible from the town of Pleasant Grove, all you have to do is follow the Battle Creek Drive, that will end at the trail head to the waterfall. From there you need to do an easy - with some tricky parts - hike for 2.5 km (1.6 miles), or around 45 minutes and the 15 metres (50 ft) tall waterfall will greet you.
Battle Creek Falls
Address: Pleasant Grove, Utah
Website: Battle Creek Falls
2. Bells Canyon Waterfall
The beauty of Bells Canyon Waterfall has attracted many visitors for a scenic hike, on both timings of the day, sunrise and sundown. The walk to the waterfall can be a challenge that is 6.5 km (4 miles) long, but if you’re accustomed to hiking, you can see that all of the efforts are worthy of what you can find along the way and on your destination. To get there, you need to turn right on Wasatch Boulevard, after passing Big Cottonwood Canyon and the 7-11, then take a left turn to E Little Cottonwood Canyon Road.
Bells Canyon Waterfall
Address: 10245 S Wasatch Blvd, Sandy, Utah
Website: Bells Canyon Waterfall
3. Lower and Upper Calf Creek Falls
Start from the Calf Creek Campground turnoff, then go north through Highway 12 for around 9 km (5.6 miles), and turn right to the parking spots, and you have arrived at Lower and Upper Calf Creek Falls. Lower Calf Creek Falls is more prevalent among visitors due to its easier path to walk on for the family. The hiking trail takes approximately 5 km (3 miles) from the parking lot and leads to a beautiful waterfall, and if you reserved ahead (like, months ahead), you could also camp at the Lower Calf Creek Falls. Meanwhile, the Upper Calf Creek Falls somehow is less crowded than the Lower Calf one, even though it’s as beautiful as its neighbour. With an equally easy track of 2 km (1.2 miles) distance, you will be rewarded with another pretty waterfall with a pool where you can have a quick dip or swim.
Lower and Upper Calf Creek Falls
Address: Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
Website: Lower and Upper Calf Creek Falls
4. Emerald Pools
Located at the Zion National Park, Emerald Pools offers you magnificent views on all of its hiking trail options. The 5 km (3 miles) long track is considered secure and even baby strollers and wheelchair friendly, with some assistance. The Emerald Pools is also a place where it can be hiked throughout the year, although it can get hot during summer days. Many people opted to do the hike in the early morning where the weather is still cool. During winter, you can find icy spots in some areas, but it’s still avoidable.
Address: Zion National Park, 1 Zion Park Blvd., State Route 9, Springdale, Utah
Website: Emerald Pools
5. Stewart Falls
Stewart Falls is famous due to the easiness to reach - drive up towards Aspen Loop, and you’ll find the parking lot not far from there on your left - and also the track that’s friendly for family and children. Trees shaded almost half of the 3 km (1.8 miles) length of the hiking track, so you’ll have lovely air even when you hike during summertime. It is at the end of the trail that you need to pay closer attention to your kids if they’re coming with you to the hike, and after that, you will see the beautiful Stewart Falls waiting for you.
Address: Alpine Loop Road, Sundance, Utah
Website: Stewart Falls
6. Adams Canyon Waterfall
Prepare yourself for a visit to Utah’s most beautiful waterfall, Adams Canyon Waterfall. This 12 metres (40 ft) tall of natural wonder is located among trees and rocks, and the 5.5 km (3.4 miles) long trail is a blessing to walk on with the scenic views all along with it. With all of its excellence that can be enjoyed throughout the year and the easiness on the path that can be done by children (and doggos), it’s understandable if Adams Canyon Waterfall is swamped with visitors every day. If you’re travelling from Salt Lake City, take the I-15 North to Layton, then turn right on Eastside Road until you see the parking area for the site.
Adams Canyon Waterfall
Address: N Eastside Dr E, Layton, Utah
Website: Adams Canyon Waterfall
7. Provo River Waterfalls
This place in the Uinta Mountains is famous for doing a picnic with the whole family, with its beautiful scenery and lovely weather. Although it’s common to have a thunderstorm in the area during the afternoon now and then, it won’t be disturbing the hike that you do to the waterfalls with your family as long as you have rain gear ready. The trail to the waterfalls is not far, it’s only 1.7 km (1 mile) long, but you will be pleased to see the view that accompanies your journey. So, take your family along the Highway 150 east from Kamas and take your family to a beautiful weekend trip to Provo River Waterfalls.
Provo River Waterfalls
Address: Highway 150, Kamas, Utah
Website: Provo River Waterfalls
8. Kanarraville Falls
Many people visit Kanarraville Falls with their family and leave with satisfaction. Hiking around an hour and a half, or 4 km (2.4 miles) long, can be a good morning activity for you and your family and end it by playing around in the waters at the waterfall at the end of the trail. Kanarraville area is next to the Interstate 15 route, and 65 km (40 miles) north from St. George. Although it’s a bit moderate in difficulty, your children can hike through without any issues.
Address: Kanarravile, Utah
Website: Kanarraville Falls
9. Fifth Water Hot Springs Waterfall
Going to Fifth Water Hot Springs Waterfall is the holiday destination that you would recommend to your friends and family to visit. The hike to the hot springs starts from the parking lot, and you will encounter beautiful sceneries during your walk to the hot springs. It takes around an hour, or 4 km (2.5 miles) from the parking lot to the area where you can take a rest and dip in the springs. Since many people would love to have a good time here, make sure you leave the site just as you found it.
Fifth Water Hot Springs Waterfall
Address: Diamond Fork Road Trail Head at Junction of 6th Water Creek, Springville, Utah
Website: Fifth Water Hot Springs Waterfall
10. Donut Falls
Being so close to Salt Lake City and one of the famous hiking destination of locals, it’s probably wiser if you plan your visiting day to Donut Falls to avoid swarming people. It’s understandable why people love to visit this site, the hiking track is considered easy, and the view is fantastic, and you can also see various wildflowers throughout your hike to the waterfalls. The path from the parking lot to the area where you can see the waterfall go into a “donut” hole takes around 2.5 hours to do, with 5.6 km (3.5 miles of length). One of the easiest ways to get to Donut Falls is to take the I-15 north to I-215 east that will lead you to Big Cottonwood Canyon Road.
Address: 10100 Big Cottonwood Canyon, North Salt Lake, Utah
Website: Donut Falls
A rewarding effort for a fun day in the mountains
Not all people enjoy hiking, but for those who do, it can be one of the most fantastic experiences they discover. Whether you’re a beginner in hiking or a pro, this list of waterfall hikes in Utah will surely tempt you to go for a hiking holiday with your friends or family.
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