If you think you've just about seen it all, you've only just skimmed the surface of the Beehive State's whimsical watering holes. Donut Falls in Utah is a short easy hike that ends in a cavern with a dreamy waterfall cascading through a hole in the rocks. The underground stream is the perfect mix of Goonies meets Pirates of the Caribbean and you'd swear there would be a treasure sitting underneath.

If you feel like you've conquered a majority of the epic trails that lead to stunning waters and gorgeous landscapes, there are still so many waiting to be discovered.

Donut Falls in Utah is home to a stunning force of nature that will breathe life back into those easy hikes that you might've overlooked.

This easy 3.5-mile roundtrip trail will lead you to an underground cavern with a waterfall streaming through a hole in the ceiling. The overall effect is like something off a movie set.

Due to centuries of natural erosion, the water created an opening in the cave to let a steady cascade fall into the pool below.

From the cavern, the water spills into an underground stream, and the whole thing is just as dreamy as it sounds.

You can reach the falls through Big Cottonwood Canyon. You'll drive to Mill D Trailhead before turning right at a picnic area called Jordan Pines.

Signs will guide you to the trailhead, and parking is free. It can get crowded on the weekends, so if you're looking for a more remote feel, visit during the weekdays.

You can check out the falls year-round, but the best times to hike are spring and summer when the wildflowers are blooming.

If your hikes have seemed a little lacking in the adventure factor lately, this spot is sure to add some much needed Goonies vibes to your explorations.

Who knows?, Maybe there is a hidden pirate ship buried below all of that rock just waiting to be discovered?

Even if there isn't, this little gem is worth the journey.

Donut Falls

Price: Free

Address: 9877 E. Big Cottonwood Canyon Rd., Salt Lake City, UT

Why You Need To Go: This easy hike will lead you to a stunning waterfall that cascades into an underground cavern.


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