Utah Waterfalls (USA)

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Utah has a variety of scenery in its vast and rugged expanse of desert wilderness. We've managed to find slot canyons, natural arches, desert oases, and even canyons with vertical sandstone cliffs. Amidst this scenery are waterfalls that are tall and graceful as well as hidden and mysterious. Like the Grand Canyon in Northern Arizona, many of the waterfalls found in this unforgiving landscape result from springs while others are of the ephemeral variety. Still, there are other waterfalls that pose as not only scenic assets but obstacles during slot canyon adventures. Further to the north, there are mountain ranges that supply its waterfalls with melting snow. In fact, snow is abundant enough in these areas that they hosted the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City in 2002.

I've divided up this state into two parts - Northern Utah and Southern Utah. The dividing line between the two regions is pretty much the I-70 extended. Among the highlights of Northern Utah were the majestic Bridal Veil Falls in Provo Canyon as well as the Stewart Falls on the eastern slopes of Mt Timpanogos. Perhaps the most dramatic of the waterfalls in the deserts and canyons of Southern Utah was Lower Calf Creek Falls. Amongst the bigger waterfall surprises that we've encountered in the beehive state were those found in or near Moab such as Mill Creek Falls (aka "Left Hand") as well as the Faux Falls.

Indeed, ever since I first saw the alluring beauty of Utah in 2001, I have made a few repeated trips since and will continue to do so as we tend to think of Utah as possessing one of the premiere recreational places in the desert southwest.

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To get a glimpse of what each waterfall looks like, check out the table below. Click on the waterfalls to read more about them.

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Northern Utah

Bridal Veil Falls 4 Bridal Veil Falls
Provo Canyon

Stewart Falls 3 Stewart Falls
Provo Canyon / Aspen Grove

Donut Falls 2 Donut Falls
Big Cottonwood Canyon / near Salt Lake City

Rocky Mouth Falls 2 Rocky Mouth Falls
Sandy / near Salt Lake City

Lisa Falls 1.5 Lisa Falls
Little Cottonwood Canyon / near Salt Lake City

Adams Falls 2 Adams Falls

Horsetail Falls 3 Horsetail Falls

Battle Creek Falls 2 Battle Creek Falls
Pleasant Grove / near Provo

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Southern Utah

Lower Calf Creek Falls 4 Lower Calf Creek Falls
Grand Staircase National Monument

Upper Calf Creek Falls 2.5 Upper Calf Creek Falls
Grand Staircase National Monument

The waterfall on the Freemont River in Capitol Reef National Park 1.5 "Freemont River Falls"
Capitol Reef National Park

Pine Creek Falls 1 Pine Creek Falls
Zion National Park

A waterfall in the upper section of the Zion Narrows 1 Zion Narrows Waterfalls (including Orderville Canyon)
Zion National Park

Waterfalls at the Lower Emerald Pools in Zion National Park 1.5 Zion Canyon Waterfalls
Zion National Park

The Archangel Cascades 1 Archangel Cascades
Zion National Park

A gushing waterfall near the Mossy Cave in Bryce Canyon National Park 1 "Mossy Cave Falls"
Bryce Canyon National Park

Mill Creek Falls or 'Left Hand' 1 Mill Creek Falls ("Left Hand")

Faux Falls in full flow 2.5 Faux Falls
near Moab / Spanish Valley

Cascade Falls 1.5 Cascade Falls
Cedar Mountain

Kanarraville Falls 1.5 Kanarraville Falls
Kanarraville / Cedar City

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