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This page will list known and little known neat places to consider when planning a vacation or trip. It will include National Monuments, biking, bird watching, camping, canoeing, climbing, fishing, hiking, kayaking, nature, outdoors, skiing, spelunking, wildlife. Little known places that we should know about and consider visiting.


Calf Creek Recreational Area


Nestled in southern Utah is a little known Bureau of Land Management (BLM) campground known as Calf Creek. From Escalante, Utah go east 15 miles on Utah State Road 12. Located among sandstone cliffs, this quaint little campground's main attraction is a trail that leads to a 126 foot waterfall. The trail is fairly level and travels along rock and sand beside Calf Creek.

Along the way on this 2.75 mile hike (round trip 5.5 miles) you see Anasazi petroglyphs and storage rooms that are fascinating. You sign in at the trailhead and there is a small trail guide that explains the total area back to the falls including plant life and wildlife. The trail is level but is sandy and can be strenuous, especially in summer.

This is a fantastic area to see while in the area of Bryce Canyon and Capital Reef National Parks in southern Utah. Just east of Bryce Canyon National Park on State Road 20 there are some great areas to see. Just before the town of Escalante is Escalante Petrified Forest State Park. About 15 miles east of Escalante, is where Calf Creek Campgrounds and Recreational area is located.

The campground is fully operational 01 Apr through 31 Oct each year. Day use group reservations are accepted during this time. To reserve the day use area, call 1-435-826-5499.

Dogs must be leashed on the Lower Calf Creek Falls trail.



Calf Creek BLM Campground
Open Sites Elevation Dump Station Laundry Showers Groceries Service Station Fee
All Year 14 5400 feet No No No No No $ 7.00

Facilities Include
Campsite units Day use picnic sites
Group picnic area Drinking water
Individual Campsites Rest Rooms
Group Area Volleyball court
Paved road and parking area Swinging foot bridge
Hiking Trail to Lower Calf Creek Falls  

01 Nov - 31 Mar - individual campsites area available. However, the drinking water is shut off and the only restroom facility is a pit toilet.

RV, Large Vehicle or Low Clearance Vehicle Information

It is possible to turn a trailer around in the main parking area, or by driving around the campground loop. The campground loop makes a ford crossing through Calf Creek which normally does not present a problem for most vehicles and trailers, but may be a problem for some low clearance or oversized vehicles or trailers. Vehicles over 25 feet are not recommended.

Fee Schedule
Use Fee
Day Use Only $ 2.00 per vehicle or .50 per person for tour buses and vans.
Individual Campsites $ 7.00 per night per vehicle. First come first serve, no reservations. $ 3.50 for additional vehicle.
Group Area 10 vehicle limit
Day Use Group Reservations $ 30.00 for 50 to 100 people

Reservations accepted for group area day use only. No RVs at group area. No reservations are accepted for holiday weekends.


Other interesting things to see and do while in the area:

Anasazi Village State Park
Boynton Arch
Burr Trail Road
Escalante Natural Bridge
Goblin Valley
Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument
Hell's Backbone Road - a dirt road drive that will knock your socks off - not for the faint hearted!
Hole-In-The-Rock Road
Phipps Arch


For more information write or call:

Escalante Interagency Visitors Center
755 West Main Street
Escalante, Utah 84726
1-435-826-5499
Summer Hours
7:30 am - 5:30 PM
Sunday thru Saturday
Mid March - Mid November
Winter Hours
8:00 am - 4:30 PM
Monday thru Friday
Mid November - Mid March


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