At first it may seem paradoxical — waterfalls in a place that can be so incredibly hot and arid, but the truth is Arizona has many spectacular waterfalls.
1. Havasu Falls
Havasu Falls is the most impressive of several fed by the Havasu Creek located on the Havasupai Indian Reservation. It's named for it's bright blue-green water and is a popular destination for hikers.
2. Rock Falls and New Navajo Falls
New Navajo Falls formed when Navajo Falls was left dry after flooding diverted the flow in 2008.
3. Mooney Falls
Mooney Falls is located on the Havasupai Indian Reservation. It's huge and incredibly gorgeous, but very, very difficult to get to. This one's for expert hikers.
4. Beaver Falls
Beaver Falls is one of many that runs from Havasu Creek. It's at the bottom of the falls and not as tall and impressive as the others, but still quite picturesque.
5. Grand Falls
Grand Falls has water so muddy it looks like something from Willy Wonka's factory. At 185 feet tall, it's taller than Niagra Falls, but it's best seen in spring, as it's dormant much of the year.
6. Fossil Creek Waterfall
The dam at fossil creek between Payson and Camp Verde used to divert most of the flow to this waterfall for hydroelectric power plants, but now you can see it in all its glory.
7. Tonto Natural Bridge Falls
This spectacular hike in Payson, AZ, isn't too challenging and is located only about an hour from Phoenix.
8. Seven Falls
Seven Falls is one of several waterfalls in the Tucson area and probably the easiest to access for all ages. Take Bear Canyon Trail from the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area.
9. Bridal Wreath Falls
Bridal Wreath Falls is another waterfall in the Tucson area and is also a fairly easy hike. The best time to check it out is late fall or early spring.
10. Queen Creek Waterfall
The Queen Creek Waterfall runs down a rocky slope right beside US 60. See it in the lower right side of the photo?
11. Reavis Falls
The hike to get to Reavis Falls is located in the Superstition Wilderness in the Tonto National Forest. It's a challenging trail, and the flow can vary greatly with recent rainfall or snow melting, but at 196 feet, it can be quite spectacular in full force.
12. Wolf Creek Falls
These falls near Prescott, AZ, are impressive at 90 feet tall, yet are still relatively unknown. The hike is somewhat slippery on downhill gravel, so be sure to wear the proper shoes. Don't expect much in the summer months.
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