Hike to Cibecue Falls

Arizona Cibecue Creek Falls Trailhead

Added by Matt Yanchek

A canyoneering adventure to see another one of Arizona's incredible waterfalls.

It is a bumpy ride down an old dirt road to get to the trailhead.  Use extreme caution on this road as there are very narrow sections with sheer cliffs. The road follows along the Salt River giving you a nice viewpoint of the Salt River Canyon. On your way in you will pass the campgrounds (First and Second Campgrounds), just make note of this if you plan on spending the night. A few feet before the trailhead is the Cibeque creek which you must drive over, so be prepared.  For you off-roaders, it is always fun driving through running bodies of water! 

Immediately after crossing the creek there is a clearing for parking on the right. There is also a sign with a list of rules, please be considerate of them.  The trailhead starts you off at about 2900 ft of elevation.  This is more of a canyoneering style hike as the trail criss crosses a lot from bank to bank of the creek.  Your feet will get wet.  Because most of the trail is in the creek they will be a lot of rock jumping.  For those dogs that love the water this hike is a heaven for them.  Some areas in the creek can get pretty deep and as the sign says swimming is not allowed some areas are deep enough to do so.  Its a fun two mile hike up the creek with spectacular views of the canyon and all the little water features the creek has to offer.  Since you are a canyon there is plenty of shade and the water tends to keep you nice and cool.  The closer you get to the falls the more narrow the canyon becomes and you start to notice the beauty of it all.  Just before the falls is a natural cave/alcove.  The water fall itself is about 30 feet high and has significant water flow.  

It is a peaceful little place here in the desert. You exit the way you came in.  If camping afterwards the sites are very primitive.  They provide shade structures but not much more. Some sites have fire rings others don't.  I did not see any picnic tables and the restrooms are pretty basic.  It is a nice peaceful spot right by the salt river.  Always be mindful of the wildlife, during our stay we woke up to a black bear fishing in the river right across from camp.  

Pack List

  • Special Use Permit (Included 1 night of camping) Online Permit Purchase
  • Hydration System
  • Shoes/Boots that do well in water
  • Bathing Suit or gear meant to get wet
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Camping, Hiking, Photography, Swimming

Skill Level:



Spring, Summer

Trail Type:



4 Miles

Elev. Gain:

220 Feet



Dog Friendly
Swimming Hole

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about 2 months ago

Willy Wonka Chocolate River

It was a great hike! The path is fairly easy to follow and even if you can't the creek is shallow enough to walk through. We went the day after a monsoon storm. I don't recommend it as the water looked like chocolate milk and there was debris from a possible flash flood the night before. But absolutely loved this hike and would do it again.

about 2 months ago

3 months ago

Perfect Summer Adventure

this hike is amazing - it's more like a stroll down the creek with beautiful canyon views along the way. I would suggest wearing some sort of hiking water shoe because you will zig zag across the creek & your feet will get very wet (some points on the hike the water was up to or knees) The waterfall at the end if beautiful & very peaceful. Highly recommend this hike to all levels.

3 months ago

4 months ago

Great Hike!

Beautiful hike! The road to the trail is bumpy but my civic coupe made it just fine.

4 months ago

4 months ago

Awesome Hike!

Lots of boulders that I wasn't expecting! Take snacks you will need them for your way back from the waterfall! Good day to get out of Phoenix heat!!

4 months ago

4 months ago

Beautiful hike not too long so most people can do it! Very refreshing

best done March-June before monsoons hit! Monsoons can lead to flash floods in the area so be very careful! also be sure to get a salt river recreation pass from the white Mt Apache tribe!

4 months ago

Added by Matt Yanchek

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