The Best Afternoon : Payson Canyon, Utah

The Best Afternoon : Payson Canyon, Utah

I love to hike and camp so much that I could probably spend weeks at a time living out of a tent and exploring an area.  However these days, now that I have a 10-month old baby, usually our outings are pretty brief.  That doesn’t mean that we can’t have a great time in a few short hours.  My goal with The Best Afternoon Series (that I’m starting today!) is to help you have an awesome time with your family even if you only have a few hours in your day.

After all, we can all use a little more nature time in our lives, right?!  I would like to spotlight Payson Canyon this week, and a great little trail that will feed your kids adventurous spirits and make you the hero of the day.

1.  Hike the Grotto Trail to Grotto Falls


Grotto Falls Trail || Payson Canyon || Dirt In My Shoes

Who doesn’t love a beautiful waterfall with a wading pool in front?  You and your kids will love hanging out by the falls and dipping your feet in the icy cold water.


Why will you be considered the hero of the day?  Two words – log bridges.  This trail has a bunch of log bridges over the stream, which makes hikers young and old feel like they are Indiana Jones.  There is just something so exciting about it!

Click here for trail information and directions to Grotto Falls!

2.  Eat at the Daley Freez

Payson || Daley Freez || Dirt In My Shoes

Reward your family after their hike with lunch at the Daley Freez.  We always like to support local business when we can, and this little drive-in was great!  A cheeseburger and fries cost about $3.30 and both were delicious!  I especially loved the fry sauce that came with it.

The Daley Freez is located at 50 East 100 North in Payson.


Tell me about your family’s favorite outings!


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Hi! I'm Ash and I blog over at Dirt In My Shoes. I'm a former park ranger and busy stay at home mom who doesn't believe that life has to end when you have kids. I love hiking, camping, and exploring with my little family and teaching my son to appreciate the great outdoors. Let me help you plan your next adventure and don't be afraid to get a little dirt in your shoes!

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