Hike the Beautiful Family Friendly Grotto Falls Trail

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 Grotto Trailhead



The trail is short about half a mile round trip. It is a little steep near the beginning.

Hiking the Grotto

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 Grotto River Crossings

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.

The Grotto Trail

Dogs are allowed on this trail.

The Grotto Payson Utah

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.

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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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Relaxing at the rewarding Diamond Fork Hot Springs (AKA Fifth Water)

Tom’s experience soaking at the Diamond Fork Hot Springs:

Diamond Fork Hot Springs is a fun hike to some natural hot springs. The hot springs are also known as the Fifth Water Hot Springs.
Diamond Hot Springs Provo

The trail to get to the springs is 2.5 miles each way and there is a fun little waterfall near the springs with a cave that leads to a hole to look out of the waterfall.

Diamond Hot Springs Hike

The trail is well maintained and easy to follow. From the trailhead there is a bridge on the right of the trail, don’t take that trail. Instead follow the trail along the left of the river as it follows the river up canyon.

Hiking Diamond Hot Springs

The trail can be steep in a few parts but it was well shaded a lot of the way. At about the halfway point you will cross a bridge heading up canyon.

Fifth Water Hot Springs

Once you get to the springs and waterfall it can get crowded during the popular spring and fall months.

Diamond Hot Springs Hiking

There are multiple pools you can soak in with temperatures up to 108 degrees Fahrenheit. Dogs are allowed on this trail and there were lots of mountain bikers.

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Trail Info: To get to the trailhead, drive east on highway 6 to milemarket 184.1. There will be a sign that points towards Diamond Fork Campground. The road is paved and pretty easy to follow. From the turnoff of highway 6 follow the road 10 miles to the parking lot which will be on the right. There is a toilette at the trailhead. Parking is very limited so come early or be prepared to hike a little along the road.


Diamond Fork Hot Springs Trailhead:  40.084425,-111.354847

Diamond Fork Hot Springs:   40.082996,-111.318613

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