Utah Bridal Veil Falls is a stunning waterfall along the picturesque Provo Canyon. It’s one of the most highly visited Utah attractions, with tourists flocking to see this giant waterfall year-round. When we say giant, we’re not exaggerating. Bridal Veil Falls Utah is a whopping 185 metres tall (607 ft), cascading down a sheer cliff face that can be seen from the road. The accessibility alone is one of the biggest reasons Utah Bridal Veil Falls is so popular.
Depending on how adventurous you’re feeling, you can either admire Bridal Veil Falls from afar, which is what a lot of families choose to do, or put your hiking shoes on and get close and personal. Having lived in Utah his entire life, Carson has visited Utah Bridal Veil Falls countless times, so our detailed guide will show you all the different ways you can enjoy Bridal Veil Falls.
HOW TO GET TO UTAH BRIDAL VEIL FALLS
Bridal Veil Falls Utah is just under an hour’s drive from Salt Lake City. All the sights in Utah are very spread out, so your best bet is to rent a car from a number of car hire companies in Salt Lake City. Car hire prices sit at around $50/day. Once you’ve sorted out a car, you can just put Bridal Veil Falls into your nav or use the Google Maps pin below.
There’s a different spot on the map that will take you to the Bridal Veil Falls View Area which offers epic panoramas of the falls, or if you’re looking to make a day out of it with friends or family Bridal Veil Falls Picnic Area.
WHAT TO BRING TO UTAH BRIDAL VEIL FALLS
Prepare for your trip to Bridal Veil Falls Utah with our must-have travel essentials.
Waterproof backpack & phone case: Earth Pak 35L or 55L Heavy Duty Backpack, IPX8 Waterproof Phone Case Included (click for price)
Quick-dry microfiber travel towel: Wise Owl Outfitters Camping Travel Towel (click for price)
Insulated water bottle: Hydro Flask Vacuum Insulated Water Bottle (click for price)
Snorkel, mask & fins: Cressi Adjustable Mask, Fin & Snorkel Set with Carry Bag (click for price)
If you’re interested in photography and/or videography this is the gear we can’t live without:
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WHAT TO EXPECT AT UTAH BRIDAL VEIL FALLS – Provo Canyon Hike
Before going all the way up to Bridal Veil Falls Utah, we stopped at the lookout to take in the view from afar. Despite having been to the falls time and time again, we’d never actually been to the lookout until now. It offers a great perspective of the falls in all their glory.
After the lookout, we made our way to the base of Bridal Veil Falls. It’s a 10 minute leisurely stroll from the parking lot to the base of the falls. This is where most kids play around in the stream. There’s not much in the way of a swimming area, but its still a fun spot for little adventurers to explore amongst the rocks and foliage.
HIKING TO BRIDAL VEIL FALLS UTAH
If you just want to snap a few photos from a distance, then you can call it a day. But, if you’re anything like us and want to explore a little more, then it’s an easy 5-10 minute hike from the base to the first level of Bridal Veil Falls Utah. Don’t be fooled by the side trails that go straight up the hill – they might look like the main trail but they aren’t and they’re a lot more difficult. Take the lefthand trail which will take you up to the first level.
We spent some time at the first level of Bridal Veil Falls Utah before making our way farther up the mountain to the second level. This track is a lot less traversed and is a bit more difficult and dangerous, but it’s well worth the effort.
The second level is the most impressive, with several different cascades and nooks and crannies to explore. Compared to the base and first level of Bridal Veil Falls, it was totally isolated with most tourists choosing not to venture this high.
We decided to climb just a little farther up, and we’ve heard it is possible to climb all the way to the very top but we decided to give this a miss as we were quickly losing daylight hours. The view from up here was plenty good enough for us.
HOT TIP: VISIT DURING FALL
If you visit Bridal Veil Falls Utah during the fall, you’ll be able to catch some golden foliage. We absolutely recommend it, as it makes everything just that little bit more magical.
Read our other Utah travel guides for more epic things to do:
- Antelope Island State Park
- Pink Lake Railway
- Pink Lake Spiral Jetty
- Meadow Hot Springs
- Potash Ponds in Moab
- Fifth Water Hot Springs (Diamond Fork)
- Bryce Canyon Hike (Navajo Loop Trail)
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WHERE TO STAY IN SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
There’s no shortage of accommodation in Salt Lake City, but having all those options can be a little overwhelming when it comes to choosing the best place to stay. We’ve chosen our top picks for budget, midscale and luxury hotels in Salt Lake City to make things easier for you.
BUDGET: SLC HOSTEL
SLC Hostel is located in the heart of downtown SLC and our top pick for budget stays. With deluxe bathrooms in common areas, radiant heated floors and modern technology, it’s the best option for budget backpackers and digital nomads not looking to break the bank.
MIDSCALE: LITTLE AMERICA HOTEL
Little in name but not in stature, Little America Hotel is the largest hotel in Salt Lake City with 850 rooms and a history dating back 60 years. It’s a little up there on the midscale ranking but still offers affordable prices with very well maintained facilities.
LUXURY: GRAND AMERICA HOTEL
If you fancy the finer things in life and don’t mind splashing some cash, Grand America Hotel is the pinnacle of five star accommodation in Salt Lake City. Everything here is, well… grand. The pool, gardens, restaurants and rooms all live up to their name.