Grotto Trail Hike

May 2014

Payson, Utah

One of the most popular hiking trails located off of the Nebo Loop in Utah County, and often referred to as Grotto Falls, offers the shortest distance between the beginning of the trail to your waterfall destination. Distance out and back is approximately 0.6 miles, this is the reason why this trail is so popular, and heavily trafficked. It is kid friendly, and you are also allowed to bring the family pup on a leash, but please pack out the droppings. Even the short, less than 7 mile, drive up the canyon offers scenic beauty.


Log bridges cross over the stream below. Little ones may need help to cross safely. Of course it depends on their balance and how wild your kids are. Adults should supervise any child under the age of 12. The trail can become quite muddy during the spring, or after a strong rain. We do not recommend hiking in water shoes, but they would be beneficial to change into if you would like to play in the water below the fall.

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In September 2018, two fires, Pole Creek and Bald Mountain, joined forces and blazed through 120,000 acres of land on the Wasatch Mountain Range. According to the Daily Herald on October 21, 2018, Grotto Trail, aka Grotto Falls Trail “underwent some mosaic-pattern burning and damage to one of the footbridges.” The trail itself is fine, and will be reopening in the spring of 2019. Please keep in mind that the land is in a healing state now, and all hikers should stay on the trail.


From I-15, take Exit 250 to Payson Main Street. When you reach 100 North, make a left turn. Then make a right turn on to 600 East. You will see a Nebo Scenic Loop sign. Stay on 600 East continuing to the mouth of Payson Canyon. Follow the road 6.5 miles to the Grotto Trail parking lot on the driver’s side. If that parking lot is full, there is additional parking on the passenger’s side.


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