Apache falls are one of Arizona's best kept secrets. Hidden in the heart of the Salt River canyon the falls are an incredible sight to behold and easy to get to. 

Apache Falls in the Salt River Canyon is an impressive fall because of the size and the amount of water flowing over them (especially after snowmelt) and is one of the few waterfalls in AZ that is in a river not a creek. The falls are very easy to get to, only ¾ mile off the HW. To reach the falls from phoenix drive east on hwy 60, 43 miles past globe. You will drop down into the canyon through a series of switchbacks, cross over the river, and take your first left. You can park there in the parking lot or follow the semi rough road under the bridge for ¾ of a mile to the falls.

Important! You need a hiking permit to visit the falls. You can either get the White MT Apache Salt River Canyon Recreation Permit or a San Carlos Apache Recreation Permit. Most people buy the White Mt Apache permit and combine the trip with a hike to Cibecue Falls, you can purchase the pass online for $15 from the tribe’s website. If you are only going to the Apache falls you can purchase the San Carlos permit from the last circle K in Globe for $10.

I would also encourage everyone to take a hike up river past the falls as it is very scenic and beautiful. 

Pack List

  • Food
  • Water
  • Swimming suit
  • Water friendly Shoes
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RT Distance 1 Miles
Elevation Gain 100 Feet
Activities Chillin, Fishing, Yoga, Swimming, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Picnic Area
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife
Cliff Jumping
Swimming Hole

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Peaceful and Beautiful

Drove out to the location twice, first time didn't bring enough money for the special permit you need for the day. Second time we were prepared!! No markers saying how to get side rode but if you follow the map you'll find it! It's truly beautiful and the sound of the waterfall is soul soothing! While it was 119 in Phoenix it was a warm 89 degrees with the cold water rushing around!!


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