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Gunlock Falls

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Gunlock Falls is an amazing series of waterfalls near St. George, Utah. They are scenic and fun for recreation. Gunlock Falls are dependent on snow melt, so they are best in spring and early summer. 2023 is an exceptionally great year for Gunlock Falls.


Gunlock Falls can be seen from the parking lot, but there is a short half mile hike to get to them. Head down the hill, across the bridge and past the restroom.

There were some pretty flowers, cacti, and a lizard along the way.

Gunlock Falls are part of Gunlock State Park, so you will need to pay if you don’t have an Utah State Parks pass. It is $10/vehicle for Utah residents, $15/vehicle for out-of-state, and $5/car for seniors. Here is the link to purchase a day or yearly pass. They have a QR code there if needed.

Then you will need to head up the hill. This would be challenging for someone with mobility issues, but most were able to navigate it.

At the top of the hill you come upon the falls. There were lots of families there playing in the water.

Typically I leave my pictures as I take them so that you can know what to expect, but because we were there around mid-day in June, there were lots of people. They may not want to be models in the photos, so I photoshopped out most of them. Here is an example.

Here are more details of some of the waterfalls in Gunlock Falls!

Gunlock Reservoir

Gunlock State Park also has a reservoir. We didn’t stop, but drove past.

Stats: Distance – 1.2 miles round trip
Approximate hiking time – 15-45 minutes 
Elevation gain – 167 feet
Difficulty – Easy/Moderate 
Trail – dirt and rocks
Bathrooms – Yes
Seasons to hike – Year-Round
Permits needed – $5-15/vehicle for a day pass or Utah State Parks Pass
Pets allowed – Yes (not in reservoir)

Other trails nearby are Anasazi Valley Petroglyphs, Chuckwalla Trail, and Snow Canyon State Park.


We have so much beauty in Utah to explore! I love hiking and photography and can help you find your next favorite hike! All photos were taken by me!

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