Utah 2023 – Calf Creek Falls and the Valley of Fire

In our final days, we found a couple of shorter but no less spectacular hikes to wind up our trekking holiday. The first was near the town of Escalante (a target for future holidays, to be sure!), and the second was across the border to Nevada on our drive to the airport in Las Vegas. As much as we had seen on this trip, we agreed that we had just tapped the surface of what Utah offers anyone who loves being immersed in raw nature.

We look forward to visiting again!

We came across this view from Utah State Route 12 on our drive from Moab to Bryce Canyon and later learned it was the canyon formed by Calf Creek. “Oh look, there’s a trail down there!”

Because so many of Bryce Canyon’s trails were still closed due to snow and wanting to avoid the crowds in the national park, we drove back down to lower elevations and hiked on the less-traveled Lower Calf Creek Falls Trail. We were not disappointed!

I was mesmerized by the pattern of water streaks and think it would make an interesting wall hanging…

Our destination was the Lower Calf Creek Waterfall, with its refreshingly cold, clear pool!

One of us took a dip! 🙂

We broke up the long drive on our final day by visiting the justifiably popular Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada and stretched our legs on the White Domes Trail.

This short loop trail also features a path through a slot canyon, which are always fun!

The idea of wilderness needs no defense. It only needs defenders.

Edward Abbey

Author: Chris

Until 2019, I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Namibia focused on Community Economic Development. Before that, I was a high-tech executive, small business owner, consultant and business broker.

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