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Peaceful forest, nice views of the Colorado River from above, and picturesque river terrain. The kids particularly enjoyed looking at the wildlife tracks and the freshwater clam shells down by the river. And they enjoyed walking around the sand bars revealed by the low-flowing river.
We hiked around the upper and lower falls, and the rock shelter. The water was low because of the drought, but it was neat to see all the tunnels carved in the rock by Onion Creek.
We did the short hike along the river to the first pool/waterfall, splashed around some, and then went back. It was pretty, but a little crowded.
We did this as an out-and-back hike to the lower falls. Only saw a couple of other people the whole time. The hike was pretty steep and rocky, with a couple sections containing slippery enough rock that you needed to hang onto the guardrails provided. I can only imagine how slippery these areas would be after a rain. The waterfall at the end was worth it, though. And though we couldn't jump in the water at the waterfall because of the delicate waterfall ecosystem, right below the falls is the Colorado River, which we swam around in for a while to cool off.
Lots of mountain bikers, but we were the only hikers. The countryside was nice enough, but nothing spectacular. Maybe it's nicer when the lake isn't as low as it was when we hiked it.. Muleshoe Bend is more of a place to fish and swim than a place to hike.