Arizona is a place where many think of the desert — and they’d be right. But past all that, there are other natural features to enjoy in the Arizona landscape, like waterfalls. But where can you go to find one of these natural beauties? Luckily, if you’re interested in seeing one, you can hike, and we’ve noted some of the must-see trails with waterfalls in Arizona. Check them out now!
Phoenix, AZ 85018
Have you ever seen an urban waterfall? Along the Arizona Canal Trail in Scottsdale, there is a fun sight for anyone looking to take it easy on the hiking. Arizona Falls lies right next to the GR Herberger Tennis Court. The trail leading up to the spot is dog-friendly and beginner-friendly. If you happen to be in Scottsdale and are looking for a cool afternoon hike, why not swing by this waterfall?
Apache Junction, AZ 85119
With a near six-hour hike from Roosevelt Lake, the Two Bar Ridge Trail in the Superstition Wilderness brings you to one of Reavis Creek’s most scenic spots. Reavis Falls is a seasonal waterfall in Arizona and is most popular during the summer seasons. Now – keep in mind this is one of the more advanced trails. Therefore, make sure you bring plenty of fluids and are well-equipped before taking on this challenge. But we promise you – all the hard work is 100% worth it!
Young, AZ 85554
Whether you’re on Trail 151 heading to Aztec Peak, or you’re heading down Workman Creek from all the campgrounds along the Globe-Young Highway, you’ll get the opportunity to see another awesome waterfall north of Roosevelt Lake! And for those of you looking for an easy trip: Workman Creek Falls is also one of the waterfalls you can view from the comfort of your car.
Pine, AZ 85544
Open only from November to March, Fossil Creek Road leads to two trailheads, Flume Trail and Waterfall Trail. As the name suggests, Waterfall Trail takes you on a short hike to the falls that come from Fossil Creek — a sight that makes it well worth waiting for the cooler months. Right in the heart of Coconino National Forest, the fossil creek trail and waterfall offers you an abundant view of nature.
Tucson, AZ 85748
The shortest hike by far, those who drive up to the Upper Tanque Verde Falls Trailhead by Redington Road in Tucson will see within mere minutes the waterfall named for the nearby Tanque Verde Peak. This is a 1.9 miles out-and-back trail and one of the most popular hikes in the Phoenix area because of the gorgeous waterfall. It is heavily trafficked and adored by hikers of all age groups and skill levels.
Whiteriver, AZ 85941
Following the campgrounds along the Salt River just northwest of Coyote Canyon, you’ll find yourself along Primitive Road, eventually reaching the Cibecue Creek tributary and the Trailhead that leads a short walk of fewer than two miles, with a view that really outs the cherry on top of any good hike.
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