Lower Calf Creek Falls – Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Calf Creek is a perennial stream located in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. There are two waterfalls which you can visit, the upper falls and the lower falls. The lower falls is more accessible, a bigger drop, and much more popular.

The 6-mile out-and-back hike to the lower falls is relatively flat, and the trailhead is located just off of Utah Scenic Byway 12, the highway between Escalante and Boulder. There is a sign for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Calf Creek Recreation Area.

Although the trail is flat, it is somewhat of a slug as much of it is in the sand.

This is an easy shot with just a moderate wide angle lens needed.

Feature Image Details


  • Explore angles. I prefer the shot from the side rather than straight on.
  • Waterfalls photograph best on cloudy days or in the shade
  • Polarizers almost always help on waterfall images


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