March 8, 2012

Waterfalls in Southern Utah

Spring is the best time of year to visit Southern Utah in search of some amazing waterfalls!  When the mountain snows begin to melt, dozens of seasonal waterfalls appear, but they’re only available for a short time.

Steven Heath, Cedar City local, shares information on a few waterfalls along Camp Creek and Taylor Creek, just south of Cedar City.  You can visit all six falls in about three hours, including driving time.  It will make for an excellent afternoon adventure!

“The historic and beautiful falls on the lower part of Taylor Creek are the easiest to get to.  From the New Harmony exit on I-15, travel south on the old highway on the east side of the freeway to the park boundary fence.  Just across the fence is Taylor Creek.  Cross the fence and walk towards the cliffs.  The first waterfall is a few hundred yards upstream, and is about ten feet high.  Fortunately,  it can be by-passed by scrambling up the right bank just below the falls.  Continue upstream another 200 or 300 yards to the next waterfall, which drops about 25 feet.  John D. Lee hid from U.S. Marshals near here in the spring of 1859 and used it for bathing.  From his hillside camp above the waterfall, he could see his New Harmony farm with his spyglass and also detect any who approached his camp.

Return to your vehicle and drive north toward Kanarraville.  Turn east off the highway at the Chekshani Cliffs sub-division.  Follow the roads eastward on the north side of the housing development.  Right after you cross Camp Creek, drive eas to a small parking area.  Re-enter the park through the gate and follow the path south, then east to the Lower Camp Creek Fall.  It is an impressive waterfall the drops about 75 feet.  After your visit, return to your vehicle and proceed north to the base of a rugged jeep road, which leads to the water tank above.  Walk up the steep road to the tank, then east up a steeper old road until you see Camp Creek below.  From this ridge you can see the Upper Camp Creek Fall.  The adventurous can descend to the creek below and walk up to this waterfall.  Two additional falls can be seen by walking downstream toward the Lower Camp Creek Fall.”

Hope you enjoy!

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