Cascade Falls – A Breathtaking Waterfall in Utah’s Dixie National Forest


Are you looking for a breathtaking hike for your family with stunning views and a wonderful waterfall?  Look no further than Cascade Falls!

The start of the Virgin River is under Navajo Lake in the Cedar Mountains of Utah.  That’s right.  Under it!  There are no outlet rivers leaving Navajo Lake, there are two lava tubes underneath Navajo Lake.  One of them is the start of the Virgin River. But, that’s not the end of it.  After the water goes through the lava tube, it becomes a gorgeous waterfall.  This waterfall is Cascade Falls.

To get to Cascade Falls, head east out of Cedar City on SR 14.  About 25 miles in, you will pass Navajo Lake on the right side of the road. The next major road will take you to Navajo Lake.  Turn right on that road.  To get to Cascade Falls, at the intersection of that road, turn left to head east, away from Navajo Lake instead of west towards Navajo Lake.  Follow this road for around a mile.  There will be a road heading south with a sign directing you to Cascade Falls.  Follow this road.  The parking lot is large, and there are informational signs talking about Cascade Falls.

Where does the Virgin River start?  Underneath Navajo Lake.  And we get to see it escape as a gorgeous waterfall at Cascade Falls.

Where does the Virgin River start? Underneath Navajo Lake. And we get to see it escape as a gorgeous waterfall at Cascade Falls.

My Third Grader, balancing on the logs in the parking lot of Cascade Falls.  Notice the view behind him!

My Third Grader, balancing on the logs in the parking lot of Cascade Falls. Notice the view behind him!

There are several trails heading out of the parking lot.  Some just head out to the cliff’s edge for pictures.  The trail that goes to Cascade Falls heads west out of the parking lot.  This trail is almost a mile long, and can be wet.  It also has steep drop-offs.  Be careful with your children.  The trail is wide and well-maintained, but a wrong step has the potential of danger.

Starting down the trail towards Cascade Falls.  This is a large, well-maintained trail.

Starting down the trail towards Cascade Falls. This is a large, well-maintained trail.

At the beginning of the trail, there is a look-out point.  This look-out point actually looks over Zion National Park.  It is very stunning.

Looking over the look-out point at the beginning of the trail to Cascade Falls.

Looking over the look-out point at the beginning of the trail to Cascade Falls.

The view from the look-out point at the start of Cascade Falls.  This is overlooking Zion's National Park.

The view from the look-out point at the start of Cascade Falls. This is overlooking Zion’s National Park.

My Preschooler and my Third Grader, coming down some steps on the trail to Cascade Falls.  There has been a lot of work on this trail, but you can also see how wet the trail is.

My Preschooler and my Third Grader, coming down some steps on the trail to Cascade Falls. There has been a lot of work on this trail, but you can also see how wet the trail is.

Following the trail, there are several weeping walls along the trail.  They are gorgeous!  They do make the trail slick and wet. There is also a beautiful bench tucked into the wall next to the trail.  This is great for pictures!

There are quite a few of these 'weeping walls' along the trail to Cascade Falls.  They are gorgeous!  But, they make the trail wet and slippery.

There are quite a few of these ‘weeping walls’ along the trail to Cascade Falls. They are gorgeous! But, they make the trail wet and slippery.

This bench is near the end of the trail to Cascade Falls.  It's great to sit and rest for a minute, and of course, pictures have to be taken!

This bench is near the end of the trail to Cascade Falls. It’s great to sit and rest for a minute, and of course, pictures have to be taken!

Cascade Falls actually runs out a large cave straight out of the cliff face.  It is a stunning view!  When you get to the end of the trail, there is a metal look-out platform.  This was fairly large and had room for our large group and others.  This really is the best point to look at the waterfall. I actually followed a trail down underneath the look-out platform, trying to get a better view.  That view didn’t exist, I was only able to get pictures of my kiddos on the platform.  There were large rocks obstructing the view of the waterfall.

Mommy Crusader and several of our kiddos on the look-out platform at Cascade Falls. You can't see the waterfall from here, so it's really not worth it to make the hike down below the look-out platform.

Mommy Crusader and several of our kiddos on the look-out platform at Cascade Falls. You can’t see the waterfall from here, so it’s really not worth it to make the hike down below the look-out platform.

The top of Cascade Falls.  This is where it comes out of the cave.

The top of Cascade Falls. This is where it comes out of the cave.

The bottom of Cascade Falls.

The bottom of Cascade Falls.

If you are looking for a wonderful hike, with stunning views, and an amazing waterfall, Cascade Falls includes all of these things. It is a great family adventure.  My kiddos loved the hike and the waterfall!

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