Utah has a lot of beautiful waterfalls, but how do you choose which ones to see? Here at Wanderookie, we’re a little obsessed with hiking waterfalls, and we’ve rounded up
five SEVEN of the most unique waterfalls in Utah that you have to see this year!
Each waterfall on this list has something about it that makes it unique and worth it’s own hike. Start now and finish this list by the end of summer!
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UPDATE: We recently added two new waterfalls to the list! Making it seven not five!
1. Stewart Falls: Stewart Falls is the trail we choose when we have visiting family or friends that we want to impress! This 200 ft waterfall makes this one of the largest waterfall hikes in Utah, and it’s located right next to Sundance Ski Resort. More than that, though: you can always count on Stewart Falls having a large flow of water, unlike some other waterfalls in Utah that pitter out to a trickle late summer. This fall is a reliable crowd pleaser that is just easy enough for all skill levels to hike. Click here for photos and more information!
2. Fifth Water Hot Springs Waterfall: This has to be one of my favorite waterfalls located near Spanish Fork! This waterfall is just plain bizarre: the waterfall is ice cold, but there is a little cave under it with a warm spring bubbling up. You read that right. There is a hot spring inside the waterfall! There is also a second hole in the falls that you can climb up and stick your head through for a photo. Just make sure your camera man is ready to capture the photo FAST, because there is no spring in that spot to keep you warm! As if this waterfall needed another reason to be awesome, it helps feed the hot spring pools with little cascades. Click here for photos and more information!
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3. Battle Creek Falls: The hike to Battle Creek Falls is short and steep. What makes this waterfall stand out, though, is the rappelling route above it. Who knew that something as exotic as rappelling a waterfall would be less than a mile up a canyon next to Pleasant Grove? Obviously, this would take some gear and practice, but if boy scouts can rappel you should be able to add it to your bucket list. There is an awesome beginner route called the Ogden 9th Street Crag you could practice on with someone that is willing to show you the ropes (no pun intended). Click here for photos and more information on Battle Creek Falls!
4. Adam’s Waterfall: The hike to Adam’s Waterfall is what makes this place unique. Not only are the actual falls beautiful, but the trail up to the falls is absolutely gorgeous. No trekking through a barren canyon without any shade. This trail follows a swift stream through a lush canyon forest. This is the trail we choose when we want to really feel like we are out in the wilderness. Click here for photos and more information!
5. Donut Falls: This list just wouldn’t be complete without Donut Falls up Big Cottonwood Canyon. There is a reason this is one of the most popular hikes in Utah. I’ve never seen anything quite like Donut Falls. The falls pour through a hole in the rock before cascading down the rocky stream. Speaking of the rocky stream – you have to climb up it to actually see the Donut Falls, so be ready to get wet and scramble a bit! Click here for photos and more information!
6. Lower Calf Creek Falls: A natural desert oasis with a brilliant waterfall! Lower Calf Creek Falls is quite possibly the most impressive waterfall in Utah! It has made multiple “Best U.S. Waterfalls” lists, and it is right in our backyard! If you are in the Bryce/Escalante area make sure you catch this hike! (While you are in the area, you should check out the Emerald Pools trail in Zion. It has a gorgeous waterfall too!) For more details click here.
7. Grotto Falls: Another short trail that leads to gorgeous waterfall! My favorite time to hike Grotto Falls is in the spring when the water is roaring. The forest service laid tree trunk bridges across the river that you criss cross back and forth. The waterfall itself is unique because it is nestled in a little cave-like grotto. For more info on this hike click here!
Know a unique waterfall you think should have made the list? Let us know in the comments! If you finish this entire list let us know!