Videos and hikes from Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah.
The Lower Calf Creek Falls hike is one of the most popular in the monument and for good reason. In this video I take you through the roughly 2 hour hike from the start to the finish at the magnificent pool and waterfalls. Along the way we look at a few of the beautiful wildflowers on the trail, some creek side resting spots to beat the heat, and show just exactly what the reported difficulty with sand on the trail is all about.
This is the less-visited section of Calf Creek. Most folks go to Lower Calf Creek Falls, but on this hike, CJ Villa takes you down to the magnificent pools at the top of Upper Calf Creek Falls. This is a moderate-to-difficult hike. It involves some route finding by following cairns, but the part you may find difficult is the steep, long climb back up!
This wonderful day hike along the Escalante River features multiple stream crossings, the Escalante Natural Bridge, Skyline Arch, ruins, petroglyphs, and beautiful surroundings. CJ Villa take you on a tour from the trailhead to Sand Creek and beyond. The tour ends at a beaver dam along Sand Creek. CJ provides lots of useful information, including how to find the petroglyphs using an offline map, and the GPS location for Skyline Arch.
Escalante is famous for its slot canyons. Many of them tend to induce claustrophobic reactions in the uninitiated. Willis Creek is a good way to experience some interesting but not-too-tight slots.