Located in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Lower Calf Creek Falls is a 126 foot (38 m) waterfall flowing over a Navajo Sandstone cliff to a cold, clear pool below. This lush and green paradise seems out of place in the hot, arid desert that surrounds it. The cool, chest-deep pool is a delight to splash in on a hot day. Hiking between cliffs of the Escalante Canyons, the observant explorer can spot Indian ruins and petroglyphs high on the canyon walls. Near the falls, the trail follows the banks of Calf Creek, and signs of wildlife become more evident. Beavers in the area create dams in the creek, which in turn provide wet, fertile habitats for fish and other wildlife.
The trail to the falls is nearly three miles of relatively easy and flat terrain. Be prepared with plenty of drinking water during the summer months as this 5.7 mile (9.1 km) round trip has little shade until you reach the oasis at the falls. The entire journey is beautiful and well worth the trek to the stunning waterfalls!