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Lower Calf Creek Falls: Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
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Child playing in the Lower Calf Creek Falls pool. Courtesy photo by DANIEL MASON
Child playing in the Lower Calf Creek Falls pool. Courtesy photo by DANIEL MASON
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Steve Baker

Clipper Staff Writer

The hike begins at the far end of the campground. Be sure to pick up an interpretive brochure at the trailhead. It details interesting facts on the formation of the canyon, plant and animal life and how past native people survived in this arid region. The trail is strenuous due to sandy sections and hot in the summer months. Be sure to carry adequate water on your hike. The campground offers potable water April-October. I good thing to carry besides water is lunch and a pair of binoculars. About half way into your hike, stop at trail post 8 and try to find the three painted figures high on the cliff. These figures are Fremont-style rock art. At trail post 9, the natives built cliff granaries for storing food they grew, corn, beans and squash. Without binoculars, the granaries are hard to spot. As you near the falls, the trail parallels the creek and trout shimmer in the clear rushing water. At Lower Calf Creek Falls take a seat in the sand, relax and take in the beauty as cool mist tingles your face!

Difficulty: Strenuous sections

Elevation gain: Minimal

Round-trip miles: 6

Hiking time: 3-4 hours

Dogs allowed: On leash

Trailhead restrooms: In campground

Day-use-fee: $2.00 per vehicle

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