We recently went camping in St. George and decided to check out Toquerville Falls. It was freakin’ sweet. It’s the perfect day trip for the adventurous soul. But there’s a few tips and tricks that you’ll need to make your trip a success. Check it out.
The wonderful thing about living in Utah is there is always something new to visit and explore. I have lived here my whole life and have never visited the falls before. It was totally worth it and I definitely want to come again. So, here’s some tips to make your trip to this desert oasis a good one.
#1: Do not visit Toquerville Falls without truck, SUV or ATV
In order to get to Toquerville Falls, you’ll have to take very rough a 5-mile dirt road to end directly at the falls. There are lots of large rocks and dips in the road. It took us 40 minutes to drive 5 miles. So plan ahead for at least a 3-hour excursion.
My husband let a little air pressure out of his tires on his truck before we started. Drive super slow and make sure you have a spare tire in your vehicle before you start. If you’re driving an ATV or side-by-side, there’s plenty of parking at the beginning of the dirt road to leave your vehicle and trailer.
#2: How to get there
While traveling along I-15, take Exit 27 (Toquerville exit) and head east. Turn left onto Spring Drive and continue driving until you reach Toquerville Falls. It’s fairly easy to find. Of course, if you don’t have a 4-wheel drive vehicle, you could always walk the 10-mile out and back trail if you are highly motivated. The nice part about these falls is that the parking lot is directly next to the falls so you don’t have to hike at all if you don’t want to.
#3: Bring a swimming suit
We visited the falls towards the end of March and it wasn’t quite warm enough to jump into the freezing cold water. However, anytime between May and September, a dip in the water would be a welcome reprieve from the scorching temps in Southern Utah. There’s a perfect deep pool of water you can jump into from the lower falls.
#4: Pack a lunch and lots of water
There’s something magical about eating your lunch next to a gorgeous waterfall in the middle of the desert. Plus, there’s plenty of room for everyone around the falls. My kids had a blast climbing around all the nooks and crannies. Plus, you might as well bring a lunch and stay for a while. It’s super fun to watch all the swimmers jumping from the top of the lower falls. And don’t forget that you are still in the desert, so pack lots of water to stay hydrated the whole time.
#5: Miscellaneous need-to-knows
Here’s a few housekeeping tips that you might not already be aware of:
- Don’t forget that there’s no bathroom facilities at the falls
- Dogs and equestrian welcome
- Bicycles not allowed
- Dispersed dry camping around the falls is available
- No permit required
- No group limit or fees
- Full sun exposure, so bring your sunscreen
- Bring a roadside emergency essential kit just in case
So what did you think of the Toquerville Falls? Any other suggestions of fun places to visit in St. George, Utah? Leave your comments below. Here’s a fun video about our visit to the falls for your viewing pleasure.
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