From the red rocks of southeastern Utah to the mountains of northern Utah, the next stop on the KBS Adventure Tour is Grotto Falls.
As much as I love the southern+southeast landscape, these mountains will always hold my heart. We may never have camped all together here (separately though), but we have spent so much time outdoors here along the Wasatch Front (mountain range). And the camping wasn’t for lack of trying–I had all the stuff when the kids were little, but Dan often worked on the weekends in those days and we never could get out to camp. I’m making up for that now. ;)
So any time I can get up into these beautiful mountains it’s a very good day.
And oddly enough, Dan and I had never heard of Grotto Falls until last year….and he grew up in Spanish Fork, which is the next town from Payson, which is the canyon where you can find Grotto Falls. Last year when Zach mentioned an article that showcased top waterfalls to go see in Utah, that was one of them. After reading that article last summer, it became my quest to see as many waterfalls as I could. Since it was relatively close, it made my list.
And not only did we go once, we went again a couple weeks later when family from California came!
About The Falls
The falls is about seven miles up Payson Canyon along the Nebo Loop. There is a small parking lot on the inside ‘u’ part of a switchback turn of the road. The hike itself is on the outside part of the ‘u’ (across the street). It is just over 1/4 mile to get to the falls with very little elevation gain, about 200 feet. Great for kids. Wear some kind of water shoes if you want to get in the water.
The biggest ‘elevation gain’ I think happens in the very beginning It’s not bad though, really.
Pay attention along the way for glimpses of the little river. As you work your way up the hillside you’ll cross this little river in a few places on wooden planks, which is so nice to have so if you don’t want to get your feet wet, you don’t have to.
And just so you can see a little more of the area and the planks and bridges you cross, here’s a pic of my sis and hubs–but notice all the planks to the right of them.
When you get to the end of the path up to the falls, and if you’re feeling saucy, there is a hill right before the last bridge to get to the falls that you can climb up and get to the top of the falls. (So at the end of this bridge, to the right in the photo–left when walking, is the falls. Can’t miss it. ;) )
I love how the falls is nestled in the rock. I wonder what this was like forever ago. Did the water make the open cavern or was it like that to begin with and it just enhanced it? I’m always the curious soul. ;)
It really is a pretty little hike. We got there about 7:30 a.m. and pretty much had the place to ourselves. That’s how I like it! As we were going back down, we came across a few people going up. The other advantage to going early–particularly in the summer–is that it’s not only shaded, but cool. Win-win! :)
And after your hike, I highly recommend running on into Spanish Fork and get yourself a Super Cheese at Glade’s. It’s one of those home-town-been-there-forever hamburger drive-ins. I’ve never gotten anything but a Super Cheese there in my 30 years.
And just for fun, here’s a little live video–with a cameo appearance from Zach…just for proportion’s sake.