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Milky Falls: Manti’s Waterfall Gets Facelift

MANTI CANYON — Whether you’re on a quick hike or a long ATV ride, few things are more enjoyable to come across than a beautiful waterfall. Peaceful to look at, beautiful to photograph, and even a great way to cool after a hot day.

Located approximately 8 miles up Manti Canyon and only 150 yards from the road, Milky Falls is a great location for those looking for a fun and easy destination for their weekend adventure. Add in its prime location right off the world-famous Arapeen OHV Trail, and you have all the reason you’d need to visit.

Because of it’s growing popularity, it’s important the falls be a safe place for visiting families and children. Recently, one group of volunteers spent the day giving the falls a much-needed cleaning.

The group, made up of 8 volunteers, worked to clear up debris from the river and falls. Heavy runoff from earlier in the season had clogged up the area with logs and other foliage. Debris like this can be dangerous because wet logs make unstable and slippery footing. When they first arrived, even the volunteers were barely able to reach the site.

They can also lead to what some people call “strainers.” Just like what you use when draining your spaghetti noodles, the collected debris allow fast-moving water to pass through, but not a swimmer. Getting trapped in one of these areas could lead to a life-threating situation.

The volunteers worked cutting large logs out of the falls, removing smaller ones, and even created an access point near the water’s edge to allow for easier access. They also spent time carrying large logs up and down the hilly terrain and even found time to pick up trash in the surrounding area. 

Whenever your visiting waterfalls like Milky Falls, or any other swift moving water location, it’s important to keep children and pets a safe distance from any potentially dangerous areas. People often forget how easy it is for them to lose their footing and get swept away. Only swim in designated access points, and never go alone.

Volunteer projects such as this are a great way for family and friends to come together with other members of the outdoor community for a purpose that benefits everyone; while at the same time allowing them a fun outdoor experience.

Greg Wayman, owner of Skyline Recreation, saw this as a good opportunity to bring his family along.

The group of volunteers was made up of members from the Wayman Family, Peck Family, Sanpete County, Skyline Recreation, and Manti La-Sal Ranger District. Individual volunteers Cora Anderson and James Cummins also volunteered their time.

This volunteer opportunity was made possible through funding and partnership with the Utah BLM, U.S. Forest Service, and Division of Parks and Recreation OHV Program.

Curious about upcoming volunteer projects or want to learn more? Contact the OHV Program for more information by emailing ohveducation@utah.gov.

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