Arizona may not be first on your list when thinking of waterfalls, but with the Grand Canyons, there are some tremendous waterfalls tourists come from all over to see.
Arizona is known for its hiking, but these top 10 hikes with waterfalls are definitely worth a visit: Havasu Falls, Fossil Creek Falls, Beaver Falls, Cibecue Falls, Mooney Falls, Seven Falls, Navajo Falls, Ribbon Falls, Apache Falls, and Pacheta Falls.
Havasu Falls is located on the Havasupai Reservation near Grand Canyon National Park in Havasu Canyon.
It’s the most famous waterfall in Arizona, with five dramatic waterfalls and clear blue-green water.
The best time to hike is in the spring or fall, as summers can be a bit hot. This is considered an intermediate trail and tours are available.
The hiking experience is about a 20-mile round trip, so take a backpack with your camping gear and some food.
The hike is well worth your time and effort as you’ll see some beautiful red rock formations and the water is perfect for swimming. This is a short video of what you will see.
Fossil Creek Falls
This is an easy hike near Camp Verde and Fossil Creek Rd. You’ll need a vehicle suited for rocky and rugged terrain as Fossil Creek Rd. is 21 miles of unpaved road.
Once you’ve arrived at the end of the road, the hike is only about 1.5 miles. Stay on the trail to avoid any kind of snakes, especially rattlers.
Make sure you have hiking shoes or boots and bring water and snacks with you. Along the trail, you’ll have lush desert scenery to view and the sound of Fossil Creek.
Beaver Falls is an eight-mile round-trip hike from Hualapai Hilltop, where the Havasu campground is.
The only way to get to Beaver Falls is through this campground and reservations are mandatory.
This is an intermediate hike, but you will cross over Havasu Creek either on foot or across a narrow bridge.
The second crossing, you’ll have to get your feet wet, so wear water shoes, if possible. It’s well worth the hike when you see the incredible falls and canyons.
It’s an adventure to get to these falls. The road to get to the trailhead is an old bumpy dirt road, but a great ride in an ATV. You’ll follow the Salt River as you make your way to Cibecue Falls.
The hike is about four miles roundtrip and is ranked as intermediate. At the beginning of the trailhead, you are already at 2900 ft. in elevation.
Since the trail is in part of the creek, you’ll need good water shoes or boots. You’ll also be climbing up some rocks and by a cave on your way to the 30 ft. high waterfall.
These falls are a quick hike from Havasu Falls. Mooney Falls is 200 ft. in height and is considered an intermediate to advanced level.
It’s only about .5 miles, but the hike can be a little tricky as you will have to travel down ladders through the old mining route to reach the base.
You’ll need those water shoes, water, and snacks for this hike.
These popular falls are located in the Coronado National Forest through Bear Canyon near Tucson.
It’s a five-mile round-trip hike and ranked as an intermediate trail. Parking is at Sabino Canyon and you’ll be able to choose to walk or take a tram for $4. Since the trail is mostly shaded by canyons, you can visit the Seven Falls any time of the year.
You’ll also be rewarded with views of sycamore, cottonwood, and saguaros trees and cactus. Be sure to bring along some water and your swimsuit.
This is an easy hike from the Havasupai Campground, upstream from Havasu Falls. It’s only 1.2 miles roundtrip with two falls: Upper Navajo Falls and Lower Navajo Falls.
A series of fascinating Cascades actually connect the two falls. Be sure not to miss the Upper Falls as they are hidden, but the trails are well defined and if you find the Lower falls, you should be able to find the Upper Falls.
To get to the scenic Ribbon Falls, you’ll hike about 16.8 miles roundtrip can be done in a day, but it’s recommended that you camp at either Cottonwood Campground or the Bright Angel Campground.
It’s located on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon with the trailhead about 1.5 miles from the Grand Canyon Lodge.
Ribbon Falls is actually located in a small canyon, filled with rich vegetation. Bring your camping gear, water, snacks, and camera.
You’ll need a permit for hiking these falls. The Apache Falls aren’t too far from the Cibecue.
The size of these falls is remarkable and well worth the mile of hiking to see them. Just the drive from Phoenix to Salt River Canyon is incredible.
Water shoes, a swimsuit, food, and water are all highly recommended for this hike.
These falls are located in Arizona’s the White Mountains and about a three-hour drive from Phoenix.
These falls are located on the White Mountain Apache Reservation and you will need a special permit.
Getting there is easier if you own a 4×4, but the falls are an amazing 131 feet with tall Douglas fir trees surrounding it.
The hike is 2.5 miles round trip and considered advanced. Bring along some bear spray, just in case.
All of these waterfalls and hikes are worth your visit. You’ll be busy shooting some amazing scenic pictures to share with your friends. Arizona really is much more than desert and cactus!