Utah June 21, 2018
You’ll Want To Spend All Day At This Waterfall-Fed Pool In Utah
On a hot, summer day, there’s nothing better than splashing in a swimming hole to cool off…unless you can find one that has a waterfall, too! This little oasis in southern Utah has everything you need for an awesome afternoon – plenty of cool water, a gorgeous waterfall and stunning scenery.
When the weather is hot and you're feeling bored, it's time to grab a towel and head to the nearest swimming hole. Toquerville Falls is a little oasis in the desert.
The falls are located along La Verkin Creek, about six miles from Toquerville.
To get there, take State Route 17 through town and turn on Spring Street. After a half mile, the road turns into dirt. Watch your odometer, stay right at the forks in the road, and you'll come to the falls 5.8 miles from downtown Toquerville.
The road is pretty rough, and a four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended.
Toquerville Falls is located in a pretty remote part of the state, and you may not have cell service out here. Make sure you're prepared for back-country travel before you leave civilization.
Of course, once you get out here you'll be surrounded by iconic southern Utah landscape.
While you'll likely encounter some people at the falls, especially on weekends, it tends to be a lot less crowded than other, more accessible places.
The falls cascade down over three tiers. Depending on the timing of your visit, the falls might be gushing...
...or could be down to much smaller trickles.
The previous photo was taken in May - the photo above was taken in September. You can see that the amount of water is a lot lower during the hot, dry months of summer and early fall.
People love to explore and play on all three levels of the falls.
The area at the top is great for wading, and the middle level is perfect for deeper water or splashing around a little. Take care to stay away from the cliffs, though. Many people have been seriously injured over the years from falls, and the rocks can be covered in slippery moss.
The third level is a deeper pool of water that's perfect for swimming.
Sometimes you'll find a rope swing attached to the cliffs, and some people jump from the cliffs above into the pool. Again, take extreme caution. The water level of the bottom pool changes a lot throughout the summer, and a fall here can be deadly.
Toquerville Falls is the perfect place to spend a summer afternoon.
Bring along some chairs, an umbrella and plenty of sunscreen so you can stay all day long. Toquerville Falls doesn't have much in the way of shade, so make sure that you have some ways to stay cool out there. Bring plenty of water, also - it's not recommended that you drink from the falls.
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