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Lower Calf Creek Falls

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Calf Creek Falls - Calf Creek Rec Area, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

Photo by Tom Blandford
Tom Blandford Photography
Inset photo by Ian Parker

     Lower Calf Creek Falls, located fifteen miles east of the town of Escalante, is only 300 yards from Utah Highway 12. Getting there is not so easy. Locate deep within the canyon and almost inaccessible from the road, seeing the falls requires visitors to take a 2.75 mile trail along the Escalante River. Calf Creek Falls - Calf Creek Rec Area, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah This splendid waterfall is created when Calf Creek flows over a 126 foot vertical cliff into a large pool. The falls are enclosed on three sides by impressive Navajo sandstone cliffs. Rocks are covered in colorful shades of algae and also show long, vertical streaks of mineral staining.
     The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, covering nearly two million acres, has become quite popular since its official designation in September 1996. Covering a huge chunk of southern Utah, this vast landscape offers visitors a variety of recreational opportunities, varying from the solitude of canyons hikes to the excitement of driving the Monument's rugged backways. Truly a treasure, photographers especially enjoy this naturally beautiful landscape that includes an assortment of subjects, such as towering cliffs, vast plateaus, mesas, buttes, pinnacles, canyons, pictographs (petroglyphs), historic granaries and this rare treat, a desert waterfall.

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