Cascade Falls Trail
Cascade Falls Trail is a short, 1.1 mile roundtrip, hiking
trail that is named for the waterfall that pours out of the cliff
at the end of the trail. The water that flows over the falls
originates in Navajo Lake and drains through a series of
sinks hole in the east end of the lake. The water travels
well over a mile through underground lava tubes before
reappearing at the falls. The water then continues on the
form the north fork of the Virgin River. Please note that
the lava tube is closed to exploration due to high water
flows and low oxygen levels.
Cascade Falls Trail is accessed from the Cascade Falls
Cascade Falls Trailhead
N 37° 29.837’ W 112° 45.096’
From Cedar City to Cascade Falls:
Approximately 29.5 miles
From I-15 take Exit 59 for UT-56/200 North. Proceed east
on 200 North for 1 mile to the intersection with Main
Street. Turn right onto Main Street and head south for 0.2
miles to the intersection with Center Street/University
Blvd/UT-14. Turn left onto Center Street/UT-14 and
continue southeast on UT-14 for 25.3 miles to the junction
with Navajo Lake Road/Forest Road #053. Turn right onto
Navajo Lake Road/Forest Road #053 and continue 0.3
miles to the sign pointing to Cascade Falls. Turn left onto
Forest Road #054 and continue 1.1 miles. Turn right to
stay on Forest Road #054 and continue another 1.6 miles
to the Cascade Falls parking area.
The trail is an "out and back" type trail that is
approximately 0.6 miles each way. There are benches
along the trail allowing the hiker to rest and enjoy the
scenery, as well as a viewing platforms located halfway
along the trail and at the terminus. The trail is mostly flat
with a few moderate inclines. There are numerous stairs
throughout the trail that require reasonable mobility.
Cascade Falls is a relatively "kid friendly" trail although
there are a few steep drop-offs that may require some
The trail is well maintained and
experiences little elevation change making it great for
novice hikers yet offers enough stunning views to make it
enjoyable for even the most experienced hikers. Don’t
forget your camera!
Dixie National Forest
Restroom facilities and a large parking area are provided
at the trailhead.
The trailhead also serves as an
intermediate trailhead for the Virgin River Rim Trail. The
trail to the north heads nine miles to Te-ah campground at
Navajo Lake, and the trail to the south heads 11 miles to
Strawberry Point. While the Virgin River Rim Trail is open
to hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding, the
Cascade Falls Trail is open to foot traffic only.
The trail is accessible late spring through the fall when the
snowpack has melted. There is very little shade offered
along the trail and it is completely exposed to the sun
during afternoon hours. There is also no water available
along the trail. While the elevation helps to keep things
moderately cool, prepare for warm temperatures during
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Stairs Ascending the Trail
The Cascade Falls Trail has been designated a National
Recreation Trail for its outstanding scenic values.
Extensive restoration that occurred in 2010 will help
ensure that this popular route will remain accessible to
Dixie National Forest visitors for years to come.
We hope that you enjoy your visit to
the Dixie National Forest. Please
remember to respect your National
Forest Lands and Tread Lightly!
Named for the Waterfall that Flows Out
of the Side of the Cliff, this 1.1 Mile
Roundtrip Hiking Trail is a Local
Favorite. The Trail Also Provides
Spectacular Views of Zion National
Park and the Pink Cliffs.
Viewing Platform at the Falls
View of the Trail From the Falls
United States Department of Agriculture
Elevation in Feet
Cascade Falls Trail Profile
REST AREA &
Distance in Miles