They say a good traveler spends their life chasing waterfalls, and Utah just happens to be the perfect place to do so! Utah is one of the best destinations in the USA for nature lovers, and a road trip through the state is an absolute dream if scenic landscapes are your jam.
If you’re currently planning a trip to Utah and wondering where to go for some of the most beautiful sights, checking out a few of its waterfalls is a wonderful place to start exploring what the state has to offer. I decided to round up some of the most jaw-dropping waterfalls in Utah for you to check out on your visit!
The 10 Most Beautiful Waterfalls in Utah
1. Emerald Pools in Zion National Park
Set in the ever-alluring Zion National Park, Emerald Pools is a must in your Utah road trip. What’s best? Getting to them is as easy or as hard as you want it to be, as tons of trails lead to the pools. Once you arrive, you’ll feel as though you’ve landed in a little oasis haven in the middle of an otherwise dry landscape, which makes the entire affair super romantic!
2. Donut Falls
Yep, it’s called Donut Falls for a good reason! This waterfall flows through the hole of a cave that sort of resembles a donut. Visiting this fall is amazing year-round, but rumor has it that during the winter, they turn the landscape into a winter wonderland when the water freezes. The hike to get to Donut Falls is relatively easy, making it a must in your itinerary!
3. Archangel Falls
If you’re in for something really unique, Archangel Falls does not disappoint. Surrounding by canyon walls at the end of an intricate cave system, Archangel Falls is worth visiting not just for the sight of the falls, but the journey to them itself. Beware, though, that the hike isn’t for beginners. You’ll need to make your way through Subway Trail, which is one of the hardest trails in Zion National Park.
4. Fifth Water Hot Springs
If you’re in the mood to combine an amazing landscape with a relaxing day, Fifth Water Hot Springs is a must (and one of the most Instagrammable spots in Utah, if you ask me!). Not only is this set of waterfalls an absolute treat, but you’ll get to enjoy the views of them while soaking in the natural hot springs down below.
5. Faux Falls, Moab
Set in Moab (an absolute must in your Utah itinerary!), Faux Falls is a breath-taking waterfall that acts as an oasis in a landscape of never-ending sandstone formations.
6. Bridal Veil Falls
Bridal Veil is probably one of the most famous waterfalls in Utah, and it’s easy to see why! It’s a 607 feet two-tier waterfall that looks, just as the name suggests, like a veil. As far as waterfalls in Utah go, this one takes the cake as it’s HUMONGOUS. Plus, it’s easy to visit as it’s a short drive away from Salt Lake City.
Seeing Bridal Veil is easy, as it stands by the side of a road, but if you want to fully experience it, you can hike up to the second base of the drop.
7. Mossy Cave Waterfalls
If you get to visit Bryce Canyon National Park, make sure to go on the Mossy Cave Trail to get to see these unique falls! This waterfall is a must, especially if you’re traveling Utah with kids as the hike to get to them is pretty easy. You’ll get to see interesting flora as well as the waterfall itself and a grotto.
8. Grotto Falls
Hidden in a valley above the city of Payson, Grotto Falls is one of the hidden gems in Utah and an absolute must, especially if you visit during the late summer. Once winter comes to an end and the snow melts, it comes plunging down through a creek and into a beautiful grotto. I recommend visiting this waterfall either in the spring or summer, as it tends to dry up during the fall. During the summer months, you can also swim in the pool below the waterfall!
9. Stewart Falls
Known as one of the most photogenic waterfalls in Utah, this two-tier waterfall is over 200 feet tall, and to get there, you must go on a moderate hike. This waterfall is stunning year-round, but it takes a special twist during the Fall as the entire landscape around it turns into one of the most beautiful fall foliage sights in the USA.