Hike to Waterfall Canyon

Arizona Waterfall Canyon Trail

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  • Distance: 2 miles
  • Elevation gain: 200 feet
  • Duration: ~2 hours
  • $6 parking/ car
  • Night hiking here is an option
  • The waterfall is usually only "flowing" after a rainstorm, so plan accordingly
  • The best time to go is Nov-Mar

So to fully enjoy the theme of this hike, make sure to try and go right after a rain. But also know that since this is a pretty easy hike, you will won't be the only one there. This is also a great hike/ waterfall to do with someone that is new to desert hiking, since it is relatively easy and there isn't a lot of elevation gain. The trail is clearly marked with interpretive signs pointing out and describing various formations and things to see. A pretty awesome hike after a rain.

Photo: Chris Brandt

Pack List

  • Hiking shoes
  • Swimsuit (or whatever can get wet)
  • Sunblock
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Camera
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10 months ago

Decent hike, a bit crowded, not so much water in the fall

Definitely a good beginner hike with a well-maintained trail and pretty scenery. If you hail from a land where waterfalls contain some amount of cascading water, reset your expectations before hitting the trail. The times I've been to the "waterfall" I've seen some wet rocks and a smallish pool/puddle beneath, but no actual waterfall. I have no doubt this would be very pretty after a heavy rainfall, though. The downsides to the trail for me are a) in my experience, it has been pretty crowded, and b) it's kind of a boring hike. I think the park has prettier trails that aren't quite as crowded. Fortunately, the park has a Nature Center staffed with good folks who can recommend trails based on your skill level.

10 months ago

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