The Sulpher Creek waterfall hike is a great family hike and one that can be done in the afternoon since the water is refreshing and the canyon walls keep it partially shaded. Toddlers would need help on this trail, but we saw families doing it.
Begin this hike at the Capitol Reef Visitor’s Center. Head to the right of it to the back. There are two options. The first one is to cross the river and go straight back up the little hill. This leads pass a kiln that was build around 1900 and saves you a switchback and a half. The other other option is to walk in the river. We did the latter on the way and the other on the way home. The kiln way is definitely faster, but walking in the water is fun.
Perhaps at different times of year it’s possible, but for us we definitely had to get our feet wet. Mostly it was just up to our ankles, but a few times it got a bit deeper.
In just under a mile you arrive at the waterfall. It’s only about eight feet high, but beautiful. The pool next to it is shady and is deepest on the left side of the pool. If you do climb up the side, be sure not to jump back in the pool. It isn’t deep enough for jumping. Liesel loved wading around in the pool!
This hike can be continued on for six miles. It is most common to make it one way with an extra car. To do that, park at the Chimney Rock Trailhead and hike down the river, back to the Visitor Center.
Stats: Distance – 1.8 miles round trip
Approximate hiking time – 1-2 hours
Elevation gain – 180 feet
Difficulty – Easy
Trail – trail of dirt and wading through the creek
Bathrooms – At Visitor’s Center
Seasons to hike – Year-Round
Permits needed – $20 per car for a 7-day pass or National Parks Pass
Pets allowed – No