Grotto Falls Trail

Payson, UT
Length: 0.60 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

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Grotto Falls trail follows a small stream and curves its way through the forest crossing stream on large timbers put in place by the forest service. At the end of the trail you are greeted with a beautiful water fall cascading into a small pool of water, surrounded by steep rock walls. –AllTrails

The Grotto is a family friendly trail but has a few single log bridges that new walkers will not be able to do on their own. This trail is not stroller friendly but baby carriers are perfect. This short trail ends at the waterfall and is super fun to play in so bring a change of clothes or towels at the least.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, and Summer
Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 183 ft.
Carrier needed Yes
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception None
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Creek / River and Waterfall

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

There will be a large dirt parking lot on the right. The trailhead is across the street on the SW side(as if you were continuing up the canyon.

Trail Contributor

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I’m Joey Johnson Branch Ambassador for Utah County. I’m happily married to Jory for 21 years and Proud Mama of two, Jack who would’ve been 12 and our rainbow baby, Jiraiya Dragon who is nearly 5. We’re from Utah but have lived in Arizona for 10 years and then New Zealand before returning to our roots when Jiraiya shocked us with his arrival.

We started hiking with Hike it Baby in May 2015 when I struggled to find a playgroup that we fit in. Within two months I became a BA for SLC but after all the driving back and forth from Provo I decided it was time to create HIB Utah County. The first 6 months was mostly just me and a friend but then they started joining us! Now we have an amazing group of regulars and we continue to get new faces all the time! I’m currently hosting twice weekly “Hike and Play Nature School”, my version or Forest Preschool but leans more towards unschooling, as it simply consists of Hiking and Free Play while parents try to stay as hands off as possible.

As my son ages out of HIB, I’m hoping to guide our branch back to it’s roots with getting Mamas and Babies out while offering hikes for families with school aged kids as well.

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Getting There

From I-15 take Payson exit 250 to UT-115/3200 W/Main St. Turn Left on 100 N, Turn Right on 600 E and continue up Payson canyon 9.6 miles. There will be a large dirt parking lot on the right. The trailhead is across the street on the SW side(as if you were continuing up the canyon.

About The Guide

Hike it Baby Family Trail Guide is an online resource to help families with children source trails that little legs can hike and parents can feel comfortable with. Hike details are sourced and have been hiked by families who participate in our community. Our contributors do their best to give you all the details they can, but if something is missed, you can reach out to the contributor and offer suggestions for them to add to make it a better trail description for all. This guide was built with a generous 3-year partnership with L.L Bean. Like Hike it Baby, L.L Bean believes that helping get families into nature from birth on is key to healthier, happier communities.