For Cedar City residents, a simple weekend getaway is just around the corner. Cascade Falls, a short hike with a panoramic view of the Virgin River Valley, is located only 45 minutes from SUU’s main campus.
The falls are fed by Navajo Lake via an underground lava tube. The lava tube is restricted from access due to high water flow and low levels of oxygen.
This landmark creates an oasis amidst the sun-baked red sandstone cliffs creating a stunning contrast of scenery.
The reward of witnessing the roaring falls is only half of the experience. Particularly during this autumn season, the drive to Cascade falls showcases the region’s remarkable fall colors.
Forest Service signs will direct visitors three miles to a small parking lot overlooking a vast valley filled with stunning contrasts in tones and textures.
The hike begins on a short 1.1 mile round-trip dirt trail. The stunning scenery almost becomes distracting, making it nearly difficult to keep a steady footing.
There are several viewpoints perfect for photo opportunities. Looking out across the valley from the immediate sandstone, you can see the expanse of the Markagunt Plateau immersed in hundreds of acres of coniferous forest.
Cascade Falls is the headwaters of the Virgin River, which eventually flows down through thousand-foot cliffs of Zion National Park visible on the horizon.
The dirt trail is well-traveled and makes for a simple walk, making it great for families and adventurers of all ages alike.
Anybody wishing for a simple yet exhilarating hike will be will find the perfect spot in the scenic Cascade Falls.
Story By: Connor Aste
Photo courtesy of Brennen Nielsen and visitduckcreek.com