Saturday, July 30, 2016

An oasis within the desert





Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park
town center


Canyons of Escalante RV park and campground

Grand Staircase/ Escalante


Calf Creek

Calf Creek Falls


Calf Creek Falls

Calf Creek

Deer Creek


Deer Creek

Deer Creek Campground

Deer Creek Campground

Grand Staircase

Deer Creek Campground

Over my birthday weekend, Kyson and I set off on a mini vacation to southern Utah.  After years of living here I still haven't seen all there is to see in Utah, so finding new and exciting places to travel within my home state is always exciting! The plan was to take the loop down through Bryce canyon and up through Escalante, stopping there to hike beautiful Calf Creek Falls.
And beautiful it is.

The first night we traveled down through Bryce and then camped out in the small town of Escalante at the Canyons of Escalante RV park. In the morning we ate at a local restaurant near by, and set off for the hike at Calf Creek.  The hike is a 3 mile hike to the falls and a 3 mile hike back, although it felt more like 9 miles with the heat and sun bearing hard on our skin. Once you arrive to the falls, the 56 degree pool of water is freezing, but leaves you refreshed and ready to head back through the canyon.

After the long and exhausting day of hiking, we decided to set up camp at a small, and pretty unknown campground near Deer Creek. The campground is set between the creek and a wall of red canyon, keeping you sheltered from the hot sun, and allowing you a water source (which would need filtered of course).  We loved this campground and highly recommend it if you would like to hike Calf Creek , but don't like the touristy, over crowded camp grounds.



All pictures taken by Amilee Bigham