“A short but sweet run to a Moab gem: Mill Creek Waterfall.”
— Tom Robson
River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall
This run takes you from a pure desert environ into a clear water oasis in a very short period. Spring is the best time of year to visit, but I'm sure this area is great the rest of the year as well.
The waterfall area is prime jumping and swimming terrain. Bring water, some friends, a good book, and enjoy!
This would be doable as a run but difficult. A lot of people hike here and some of the slickrock would be difficult to run on.
From the parking lot, head east on the obvious trail. After passing the beautiful dam waterfall near the start, you'll run over a side-sloping slickrock that can be slippery, especially if wet. After this, you'll be in the canyon proper.
Follow the mostly obvious trail through the stands of cottonwood trees. Eventually, you'll reach the junction of North Fork Mill Creek and Mill Creek. Cross the creek here to follow the North Fork.
After running through smaller stands of trees you can either work your way to the pool below the waterfall, or head above the waterfall to continue on the trail (or jump into the lower pool from above). To do this, the trail heads left up a slickrock slab. Run carefully here and you'll find yourself atop the waterfall.
Flora & Fauna
Cottonwood trees, poison ivy (beware!), and cacti can all be found here.