Grotto Falls Hike
Grotto Falls is a short, easy hike, just outside Payson, off the Nebo loop. It is easy enough to be done with small children. But there are a few places where you walk across log bridges, so if you take toddlers, be sure to hold their hands. It is about half a mile long, and a gradual uphill, so it can be done by just about anyone who is mobile. I did it when I was recovering from hip surgery, so it is even a good hike for people who are not strong hikers, looking for a way to get outdoors and do something active with their family.
How To Get There
From the Main Street, Payson, Exit of I-15 (#250), Go south through town to 300S. Take a left, and go to 600 E. Take right, and you will start onto the Nebo Loop. Follow this road for 8.5 Miles to the trailhead. When you get there, you will be coming up a hill curving to the right, and will see the parking lot on the right side of the road. Park there, and the trailhead will be across the street, on the left side of the road.
Best time of year to Go
Summer / Fall – This part of the Nebo loop is closed in the winter. As soon as the snow melts and the road is open, you can do it in the springs, but the water coming into Grotto Falls is cold, and it just ends up being a cold wet hike. But in the summer, the cold spray feels great, and in the fall, the changing colors are a treat.
What to Bring
This is a short trip, so you don’t need anything really special. I just recommend a few basics for a short hike with a waterfall at the end:
- Swimsuits (if you want to wade into the water at the end)