Grotto Trail - Payson Canyon Utah
Located about 7 miles up Payson Canyon is the Grotto Trail, commonly known as Grotto Falls. The trail is short, wide, with little elevation gain making it a great trail for all ages. The hike begins from the parking area just off the Mount Nebo Loop Road. It follows a small stream and curves its way through the forest. In a few locations you cross the stream on large timbers put in place by the forest service. This adds excitement to the trail especially for the kids.
Once you reach the end of the trail you are greeted with a beautiful water fall cascading into a small pool of water, surrounded by steep rock walls. The pool is shallow and great fun for wading and cooling off on a hot summer day. The best time to visit the falls is late June to the end of summer. The temperature outside would be warm enough to enjoy the very cold water pouring over the falls. If visiting the first part of spring , use caution as the water levels will be higher and the stream will be flowing at a higher rate.
If you find yourself taking a drive over the famous Mount Nebo Scenic Loop or heading up to Payson Lakes for some fishing opportunities, take some time and visit the Grotto Trail, you’ll be glad you did.
Driving Directions: To get to Payson Canyon take the Payson exit off of I-15. Head straight down main street until you reach 100 N. Turn left on 100 N. Stay on 100 N until you reach 600 E. You will see a sign that says Mount Nebo Scenic Loop. Turn right on 600 E. This will take you up the canyon. From the mouth of the canyon travel approx 7 miles to the parking area for the Grotto Trail.