Hiking to Salt Creek Canyon Falls

Hiking to Salt Creek Canyon Falls, Utah

Salt Creek Canyon Falls is a family-friendly hike in the Mt.Nebo Wilderness that even dogs can hike to! It's great for all ages, making this a popular hike in summer. You won't find solitude here, however, playing in the water is very refreshing! The trail is only 1.5 miles to reach the falls so it's a great quick hike if you're short on time; if you have all or half a day, then bring your backpacking chair, drinks, sunblock, and hang out for awhile! Be aware that ranchers do run their cattle up here randomly and therefore cow patties are often present. This trail does get hot, but if you plan to play in the water it's not that bad. Just bring plenty of water to drink.

Drive South on I-15 and take exit 225 in Nephi, UT. Turn left and drive 5 miles, then turn left again for Salt Creek Drive/Nebo Scenic Loop Road. Drive 3.3 miles and turn left again at the signed Bear Canyon Campground. Drive to the very end and park at the gate, where there is a sign for the Salt Creek Trail.
Here is a driving map.

Distance: 3 miles RT
Elevation gain: 350 ft
Time: 1-2 hours, depending on how long you stay
Dog friendly? Yes, off leash
Kid friendly? Yes, all ages
Fees/Permits? None

Hiking to Salt Creek Canyon Falls, Utah
Drive to the very end of the campground, where there is a gate and a trail sign for Salt Creek. There is parking in front of the gate (do not block the campsite parking spot).
Hiking to Salt Creek Canyon Falls, Utah
It's was girls day out! Quickly pass the Mt.Nebo Wilderness sign.
Hiking to Salt Creek Canyon Falls, Utah
Half of the trail is exposed and gets hot quickly. It's also sandy, so make sure your dogs' paws don't get too hot.
Hiking to Salt Creek Canyon Falls, Utah
Pass a cool limestone rock to your right.
Hiking to Salt Creek Canyon Falls, Utah
Ahh, a shady section of trail.
Hiking to Salt Creek Canyon Falls, Utah
If you cross this "bridge" you went too far. We accidentally passed the falls on our way up.
Hiking to Salt Creek Canyon Falls, Utah
Around 1.4 miles look for this small side trail leading off to the left (West). You will have just crossed a stream bed - on my Gaia GPS map its labeled as "Middle Basin", not Salt Creek, to the left (East). For us, it was dry, therefore misleading us in the wrong direction. Earlier in the year it will be flowing, and is much easier to know when to turn.
Hiking to Salt Creek Canyon Falls, Utah
Reach Salt Creek Canyon Falls in 1.5 miles! What a great day to soak up the sun and the last warm days of August! This waterfall seems to be about 10 ft tall, with a longer section of falls above it.
Hiking to Salt Creek Canyon Falls, Utah
Wow that was cold but refreshing!
Hiking to Salt Creek Canyon Falls, Utah
The dogs were so happy to play in the water on this 80F day.
Hiking to Salt Creek Canyon Falls, Utah
Pup pals!
Hiking to Salt Creek Canyon Falls, Utah
Time to relax on the drive home!








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