If you and I were playing a game of word association, you probably wouldn’t visualize a waterfall when I say “Arizona”. But believe it or not, there are some very spectacular waterfalls to see here.
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Much of the Grand Canyon State is desert landscape, so chasing waterfalls requires a little work, or good timing. Below are some of the Arizona’s favorite waterfalls that I encourage you to add to your Arizona Bucket List.
Arizona waterfalls you can experience year round
The falls of Havasuapai
Considered the crown jewel of the Grand Canyon by many adventure seekers, the Havasupai area is rich with culture and a series of beautiful waterfalls.
If your only perspective of the Grand Canyon is scanning the expanse from the rim, it’s hard to imagine that an amazing natural wonder like Ribbon Falls exists down below.
Tucked deep in a canyon roughly 15 miles from the nearest paved road, the cool, clear water of Fossil Creek gushes down falls, over rocks and through natural pools on it’s way to the Verde River.
Keet Seel Canyon
On the hike to Keet Seel Ruins in Tonto National Monument, you’ll cross a stream many times. The trail leads you through a canyon graced with towering red rocks, wild horses and waterfalls.
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Timing is key to catching these Arizona waterfalls
The falls below are just lifeless, rocky structures much of the year. But when rain and snow fall uphill, they come to life in magnificent ways.
Barnhardt Trail is less than an hour’s drive from Phoenix and will likely reward you with spectacular falls if you time your visit well.
Would you believe there is a set of waterfalls in Northern Arizona that is taller than Niagara Falls? It’s true. There’s a spot in Navajo Nation where the Little Colorado River makes an abrupt dogleg turn and falls 185 feet.
Two of the most exciting things to find when you’re out hiking the trails of Arizona are rock art and waterfalls. If you set out on Hieroglyphic Trail at the right time of year, you’ll likely find both.
This secret, hidden waterfall in Madera Canyon south of Tucson may be the most accessible in Arizona. It’s only a three minute walk from the trailhead parking area.
Massacre Grounds Falls
Yes, there’s an actual waterfall at the end of Massacre Grounds Trail. No, it doesn’t flow at all times.
Camelback Mountain is famous for its hiking trails. What’s rarely seen, though, are the waterfalls that run off the steep rock faces on the west end of the mountain that form the head of the camel.
Believe me, there are plenty more waterfalls to see in Arizona. These are just some of the more popular falls that I’ve been able to experience and write blog posts about. As I visit more falls over time, I’ll be sure to update this post.
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