Tom’s experience hiking the Grotto Falls Trail:
The Grotto Falls Trail is a very family friendly and fun short hike up to a beautiful waterfall.
The trail is short about half a mile round trip. It is a little steep near the beginning.
Eventually you will need to cross the river a number of times and there are narrow planks or logs you can use if your balance is good so you don’t have to get your feet wet.
The trail leads to a beautiful waterfall that is surrounded by cliffs. You can play under the waterfall if you’d like but the pool isn’t very deep.
Dogs are allowed on this trail.
There are quite a few parking spots but they can fill quickly. Since it is such a short hike usually you wont have to wait to long to find a spot.
Trail Info: From Salt Lake, take exit 254 to Payson and turn left onto Payson Main Street. Continue south until Main Street meets 100 North. Turn left and travel to 600 East and turn right. You will follow this road for about 10 miles and the sign for Grotto Falls Trail will be on the left along a large hairpin turn.
Grotto Falls Trail: 39.951587, -111.675475
Grotto Falls: 39.948518, -111.677696
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Tom’s experience hiking to the Indian Bathtubs:
The trail follows the Davis Creek up the mountain to a large waterfall. The trail is easy to follow and covered in shade, and there are a couple of rope areas that can be fun for children as well as adult kids.
As you drive up Little Valley Road you will see a retention pond with a trail sign on the right. Park here and hike about 30 yards up the road until you see a small turnoff. There is a sign that says Davis Creek in the trees as the trail starts to climb steeply uphill. This is the trailhead. The rest of the trail is well marked with trail signs.
When you near the top there is a nice bench you can sit on to watch the waterfall. Continue on and you will reach a sign that points to the Indian Bathtubs. From here there is one steep section that was muddy when we did it but it had a rope tied among roots to help climb up. This leads right to the waterfall.
Along the right side of the waterfall you can climb along the cliffs by holding onto the chains and rope that has been placed there. You can also get to the bottom of the waterfall but this requires a little climbing and I had to get pretty muddy.
In Spring the water is running pretty quickly so it wasn’t a great area to swim but in the fall when the water slows down that might change. When you have had enough you can turn around and head to your car or you can continue up canyon on another one of the numerous trails. Dogs are allowed but clean up after them.
Trail Info: To get to the trailhead, drive to Little Valley Road in Farmington. You should be able to plug it right into a GPS and be lead right there.
Indian Bathtubs Trailhead: 40.965993,-111.872877
Indian Bathtubs Waterfalls: 40.966046,-111.867278
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