In The Desert
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Smith Mesa, Utah
Short video of the falls.
Interactive Map of the area, Spring Drive and Toquerville Falls
In the above map you can zoom out and then go to the south to see where the falls are in reference to the town of Toquerville, Utah. Overall length of this trip would have been around 18 miles round trip if we hadn't detoured down toward the river. See the GPS track for more on this.
In the desert takes you to falls in a remote area of Utah. Shortly after we turned off of Rt. 17 onto Spring Drive we saw this sign. Apparently they are working on the main water line and this doesn't affect the use of Spring Drive to get to the falls.
Even though the construction is along the creek here, it does have a small effect on Spring Drive. Spring Drive can be seen in the very far right hand side of this photo. The road is muddy and rutted going up the hill.
Download the Gramin GPS track HERE
Spring Drive has a few steep places, but nothing you couldn't do in a 2 wheel drive if the weather has been decent. If it has rained a lot you may want to wait a few days for the road to dry out.
Going north on Spring Drive. When you look to the East this is the view you'll have. This is Smith Mesa and it's on the other side of La Verkin Creek. It is not reachable from this side. We did venture down a road toward the creek (visible on the GPS track) and turned around when it got really bad near the bottom of the hill.
The first sighting of the falls from Spring Drive. It's in the very middle of the top photo to the right. The second and third photos were taken from the same location but more zoom was used to get a closer look. This is a pretty area and there seems to be a lot of deer in this area. Even though we sighted several different groups, we had a hard time photographing them as they were moving pretty quickly. I'm guessing that they are probably heavily hunted here.
First close-up look at the falls. We met Brant and Trudy on the way to the falls. Brant said he's been here a lot of times and even swims here in the summer. This is a pretty waterfall. For a better look run the video below in full screen.
Looking down stream from the falls. There is quite a bit of water this time of the year in La Verkin Creek. Brant told us that this water is used for drinking water in the towns below here. He also said he's never seen any fish in this creek.
The upper part of the falls are maybe 15 ft. high but are very broad. You can drive across the creek right there. Look at the map below to see the roads. There is no way out on the east side of the creek, or so they tell me.
Looking into the second level of the falls. There is a really nice pool here that is about 10 ft. deep at it's deepest part and people do dive off the rocks shown here. This would really be a sight if you could see it when the water was roaring down the creek..
What is this a photo of? Just to show you how well camouflaged the deer are. There are 4 of them in this photo. It was hard to keep up with them, they were so scared. They certainly do a good job of hiding.